Sophia Girao proudly announced her new post on Instagram: “I can finally reveal my big secret: I am the first Victoria’s Secret model with Down syndrome,” the 25-year-old model from Puerto Rico wrote with a black and white photo of herself. “I once dreamed of it, I worked for it and now the dream has come true.”
Victoria’s Secret became world famous in the 1990s with spectacular fashion shows in which the most famous models of the time wore underwear from the brand. Over the years, the shows have become more and more exciting, including appearances by many famous artists including Rihanna, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga.
In recent years, criticism of the inconspicuous and sexist image of skinny, busty, mostly white women, who walked the catwalk in tiny pants, has grown in popularity. Important men within the company, such as former CEO Ed Razek, have also been linked to sexual harassment scandals.
Last year, his successor decided to change course. The brand has announced that it will not be working with “Angels” and will now choose “Real Women” as its models. New faces of the brand include soccer player and LGBTQ+ activist Megan Rapinoe, actress and businessman Priyanka Chopra and model Paloma Elsizer. “We need to stop focusing on what men want and start thinking about what women want,” new CEO Martin Waters said in a statement. the The New York Times.
Slowly but surely, the entire world of fashion is becoming more diverse. Two years ago, luxury brand Gucci caused a stir by introducing a model with Down syndrome. 18-year-old Ellie Goldstein also starred in Italian Vogue magazine†
Sophia Girau is one of the eighteen faces of Victoria’s Secret’s new lingerie line that “welcomes and celebrates all women”. Jirau has been working as a model since 2019. In 2020 she popped during New York Fashion Week and appeared in Mexican Vogue magazine. But Puerto Rico does a lot. She has her own clothing and accessories collection, and has launched a campaign called “Sin Límites” (No Limits) to raise awareness for Down syndrome.
“Inside and out, there are no boundaries. There are none,” she told the magazine. People† “Everyone can fulfill their dream.”
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