Valentina Sampaio is Sports Illustrated’s first transgender model

Valentina Sampaio has made fashion history again by becoming the first transgender model to be featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.The Brazilian beauty hit headlines last summer when she was named the first openly transgender model…

Valentina Sampaio has made fashion history again by becoming the first transgender model to be featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The Brazilian beauty hit headlines last summer when she was named the first openly transgender model to work with lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret in its 42-year history.

And she’s continuing to trailblaze with her appointment at Sports Illustrated. The 23-year-old is one of eight Rookies in this year’s edition, and in a statement released to People, Valentina couldn’t hide her excitement.

“I was filled with so many emotions of happiness when I heard the news,” she gushed.

“The feeling was surreal. Being in SI Swim has always been on my bucket list of things to achieve in my career. It’s a dream come true on so many levels.”

She added that the achievement also caused her to reflect on her past.

“To come from a space of fear and marginalization, to now being included in one of the most iconic magazines that truly embraces and celebrates diversity – it is life changing,” she said.

Previous models who have won the coveted Rookie of the Year title include Nina Agdal, Ashley Graham and Kate Upton.

Valentina is hoping her 2020 Rookie appearance will inspire change and progress for other members of the transgender community.

“As a community, each personal success is a step forward for all,” she shared. “I am very grateful to God and all whom have helped me along my journey so far. I honour the challenges of those who have paved the way for me directly or indirectly.”

The 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue drops in the U.S. on 21 July.

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Christie Brinkley determined to shift the pounds after lockdown weight gain

Christie Brinkley is determined to shift the weight she’s gained while cooped up at home during the coronavirus lockdown.The model and actress is isolating with her daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley-Cook, and son Jack Brinkley-Cook, at her l…

Christie Brinkley is determined to shift the weight she’s gained while cooped up at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The model and actress is isolating with her daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley-Cook, and son Jack Brinkley-Cook, at her luxury hideaway in the Hamptons amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and confessed she’s succumbed to the quarantine weight gain.

“I did put on a couple pounds,” the 66-year-old told Extra, before adding she’s been working on getting back in shape with her children and their partners, including Jack’s girlfriend Nina Agdal.

“I dragged my Total Gym into my bedroom, (and) getting out and gardening is a lot of work,” Christie explained. “We’ll take the boat to a deserted beach and we’ll do speed walks or running… I’m determined to get back to my fighting shape.”

The Sports Illustrated model shared her busy household is doing well during the pandemic, and said she’s counting her blessings.

“We’re healthy and that’s what’s the most important, and then we’re together and that’s wonderful,” she added.

Elsewhere in the interview, she discussed her daughter Sailor’s recent revelation that she’s been battling body dysmorphia and an eating disorder, and Christie is overjoyed that the 22-year-old is on the road to recovery.

“I know she’s always had… body image issues,” she shared. “I know that she loves food… She wanted to find that balance. She didn’t want to live a life of dieting… It was important to find a place where you want to fuel your body with really good things.”

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Nina Agdal begins her evening skincare routine at 6pm

Nina Agdal has been starting her evening skincare regime at 6pm during the coronavirus lockdown.Blessed with a “normal” skin type, the Danish model usually spends little to no time cleansing her face before bed, but in a new video for Harper’s Bazaar, …

Nina Agdal has been starting her evening skincare regime at 6pm during the coronavirus lockdown.

Blessed with a “normal” skin type, the Danish model usually spends little to no time cleansing her face before bed, but in a new video for Harper’s Bazaar, she explained that she has been embracing a new routine while spending so much time at home amid the Covid-19 crisis.

“My night time routine is actually brand spanking new. When I’m tired, when I’m sleepy, there’s no return, there’s no going to the sink, taking off your make-up, going through a whole process, practicing self-care and self-love… it’s not happening. When I’m sleepy, it’s done. It’s over,” she said. “Ever since the quarantine happened, I have had the time to do this. When I say time, I mean that I do it super early now. I will take my night time shower, do my bedtime routine, get myself ready to bed at 6pm. It’s been really fun to actually do it for the last couple of months. And I have to say my skin is definitely very excited about it.”

Nina went on to detail her go-to products. She uses Youth To The People’s Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser to wash her face and Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover to take off her mascara.

“I really like this make-up remover. It’s so basic and gentle. I just want to wash my face, and if there’s anything left over, I just want to wipe it off. And it’s a great price,” the 28-year-old commented of the formula.

And while Nina doesn’t like to spend a fortune on skincare, she does splash out on Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum.

“I literally just take two drops of it on my palm and massage it all over my face. This is good stuff, I’ve definitely seen a difference in my complexion,” she added.

Her other favourites include Superflower’s The Everyday CBD Serum, Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile & Lavender, Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Creme, and Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil.

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Romee Strijd no longer feels pressure to look ‘perfect’

Romee Strijd has decided to place less importance on the way she looks in 2020. The Victoria’s Secret Angel wrote a lengthy post on Instagram on Monday in which she told her followers her mindset has shifted when it comes to her looks and she’s come to…

Romee Strijd has decided to place less importance on the way she looks in 2020.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel wrote a lengthy post on Instagram on Monday in which she told her followers her mindset has shifted when it comes to her looks and she’s come to realise she’s got more to offer than just her appearance.

In the post, Romee candidly revealed how she used to be so focused on her looks that she would put pressure on herself to look perfect at all times and would feel guilty when she didn’t.

“I’ve been thinking about how keeping up with the perfect image affected me, when I went to a birthday, to a party, to work, to an event, I always felt the pressure to look perfect, because I’m Romee, the model, so people are gonna judge about the fact how I look in real life,” she wrote. “When I let go of food or the way I look.. I immediately feel guilt.. because most of the times I have to work any time soon, so it stresses me out.. cause I gotta look good.

“This year, I realised we are not just looks.. we shouldn’t identify ourselves with our looks… it’s absolutely not about that.. We’re way more than that, all of us, it’s about the personality you have, they way you treat other people, the love and the laughs you share.. thats gonna fullfill you (sic).”

The 24-year-old praised the fashion industry for embracing diversity and “realness” and explained that she would continue to take care of her body and health “but not for the way I look but the way I feel”.

Her post was praised by her fellow models, such as Lais Ribeiro, who wrote, “I’m proud of you mama!” and Nina Agdal, who commented, “Amen sister” with the praying hands emoji.

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Christie Brinkley embracing natural grey hair

Christie Brinkley has decided to ditch her blonde hair colour and embrace her natural greys.The supermodel recently asked her fans and followers on Instagram for help as she shared a selfie showing her in a bikini on vacation with her greying hair scra…

Christie Brinkley has decided to ditch her blonde hair colour and embrace her natural greys.

The supermodel recently asked her fans and followers on Instagram for help as she shared a selfie showing her in a bikini on vacation with her greying hair scraped back into a low ponytail.

“I was scheduled for colour before I left NYC three weeks ago but decided I would go easy on my hair and just do it when I got home… as a result, I have gone back to my roots… and boy was I was ever surprised to see my ‘nature’s highlights’ are more silver than gold!

“Sooo what do you think? Embrace the silver? or go for the gold?” she asked.

Christie’s daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, who replaced her on Dancing with the Stars after the 65-year-old suffered a broken arm, quickly applauded her mother for embracing her age.

“Yas silver FOX,” she sweetly wrote.

Model Nina Agdal, who is dating Christie’s 24-year-old son Jack Brinkley-Cook, commented: “Hells yeahhh.”

Journalist and TV presenter Katie Couric also weighed in with a message of solidarity, telling the former Sports Illustrated beauty: “If you do it, I’ll do it!”

However, the final word came from celebrity hairstylist Garren, who worked with Christie in the 1970s.

“Yes, let it grow out and only add a few baby blonde highlights. Love the contrast,” he wrote. “It’s cooler.”

“That’s what I was thinking but hearing it from (the) hair Guru authority seals the deal!!!” Christie replied. “Thanks Garren!”

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Nina Agdal comfortable chatting to Christie Brinkley about her career

Nina Agdal often discusses her life and career with Christie Brinkley.The Danish model, who has posed for Victoria’s Secret and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has been dating the supermodel’s son, Jack Brinkley-Cook, for the past two years.O…

Nina Agdal often discusses her life and career with Christie Brinkley.

The Danish model, who has posed for Victoria’s Secret and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has been dating the supermodel’s son, Jack Brinkley-Cook, for the past two years.

Over the course of her relationship with Jack, Nina’s got to know his family too, and loves speaking with Christie about all sorts of topics.

“If I have a question regarding my career or regarding something I’m doing, I’ll ask her,” she told People magazine. “But she’s kind of just family. We talk about family stuff and real-life things. Not so much about modelling. It’s cool. I’ve been in that circle with Jack for more than two years now so we don’t really talk about work that much.”

Previously, Nina gushed over Christie in an interview for talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Describing her bond with the 65-year-old, the star claimed they have a “super cool” bond.

“She’s one of the most, you know, the smartest woman and one of the most beautiful women. I like get surprised, I walk out of the door in the Hamptons at 10 am and she looks 10 times better than I do at all times. She’s an incredible woman. She’s so sweet,” the 27-year-old shared.

Elsewhere in the People interview, Nina spoke about how she enjoys doing her own make-up for events, but sometimes gets insecure about her breasts when wearing “cleavage dresses”.

“I have a weird thing with cleavage dresses because I have actual boobs. I’ve always been very insecure about that because it wasn’t accepted for a long time in the industry,” she confessed.

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Nina Agdal turns designer for sneaker label Koio

Nina Agdal is officially a shoe designer after teaming with sneaker brand Koio.The partnership, which marks the Danish model’s first fashion collaboration, was unveiled on Instagram, with Nina proudly showing off the Avalanche runner – a white sneaker …

Nina Agdal is officially a shoe designer after teaming with sneaker brand Koio.

The partnership, which marks the Danish model’s first fashion collaboration, was unveiled on Instagram, with Nina proudly showing off the Avalanche runner – a white sneaker covered in pretty red and pink floral detailing.

Talking about why she was drawn to Koio, the 27-year-old explained how she prefers sporty styles when it comes to her own footwear choices.

“I’m personally more of like a chunky sneaker girl. I always grew up playing sports, so that was kind of what I always wore,” she told Footwear News. “The flowers came from my style which is a mix between something feminine and something a little more masculine.”

The shoes are available to pre-order online until 9 June in both men and women’s sizes. They carry a price tag of $348 (£275).

Announcing her Koio partnership in a recent Instagram post, Nina couldn’t hide her excitement from her 1.6 million followers.

“I have never ever done anything like this, and it’s been so amazing to be a part of this process and journey with such an amazing team!” the blonde beauty gushed. “From putting together the inspiration board, to seeing samples, to making tough decisions, to be a part of the creative process behind the shoe and behind and in front of the camera.

“I feel so proud to be a part of this and can’t thank the entire Koio Team and everyone who was involved enough for letting me bring my summer sneaker to life and for giving me freedom and trusting me in this whole process!”

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Nina Agdal struggling with ‘crippling anxiety’ during Fashion Week

Nina Agdal’s anxiety “explodes” during Fashion Week.The Danish model is a regular on the runway, and looked picture-perfect as she attended the amfAR Gala in New York on Wednesday night (06Feb19). But beneath the polished exterior, Nina has been strugg…

Nina Agdal’s anxiety “explodes” during Fashion Week.

The Danish model is a regular on the runway, and looked picture-perfect as she attended the amfAR Gala in New York on Wednesday night (06Feb19).

But beneath the polished exterior, Nina has been struggling to cope with her anxiety, and admitted in a candid Instagram post that the stress of Fashion Week makes the battle even harder.

“I haven’t had a panick (sic) attack in a long time but for some reason, I was hit with one last night,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, alongside a picture of her looking stunning at the amfAR event. “As I have expressed before, I’ve been dealing with anxiety for quite some time now and some days are worse than others, but during fashion week it explodes.

“I unfortunately this week tend to get crippling anxiety from the stress and countless events.”

Continuing her post, the stunning star urged people not to take it personally if she seems “off” when they see her.

“It’s not because ‘I’ve lost it’ or have anything against you,” the 26-year-old explained. “It’s simply because I get so overwhelmed these days that my brain capacity is 10 per cent of what it normally is and I struggle to have a conversation so I avoid it.”

Nina added that she doesn’t want to “turn to over consuming alcohol to keep me there by numbing myself and the anxiety,” and acknowledged that “last night was rough”.

Concluding her post, Nina wrote: “Nothing is more important than mental health, and anxiety doesn’t define me. I’m working hard on building a solid foundation for myself but like anything else, it takes time and effort. And to everyone who has these moments, you’re not alone, so let’s talk about it, take the power out of it and back into us.”

Her message was gratefully received by her fans, one of whom commented: “Thank you for coming forward. Hopefully, the stigma regarding anxiety and depression will be lessened. As one who struggled with terrible anxiety for many years, I can say it does get better with the right support and medication.”

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Nina Agdal lands lingerie campaign after speaking out over body shaming

Nina Agdal is not letting her experiences with body shaming hold her back as she has just landed a new lingerie campaign.The Danish model revealed on social media in January (18) that because her “athletic build and healthy curves” didn’t fit into a sa…

Nina Agdal is not letting her experiences with body shaming hold her back as she has just landed a new lingerie campaign.

The Danish model revealed on social media in January (18) that because her “athletic build and healthy curves” didn’t fit into a sample size, she was dropped from a cover shoot with an unnamed magazine.

Fans praised the slim blonde for calling out the fashion industry, and now the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star has proved just how enviable her frame is with a sizzling new campaign for lingerie brand Leonisa.

Posing in the new season underwear, with a wind machine blowing her long hair back, the model oozes body confidence.

Nina, who has worked with Leonisa on previous campaigns, also stripped off for a snap taken by her beau Jack Brinkley-Cook, son of model Christie Brinkley, which was posted on her Instagram account on Tuesday.

“When the light and your boyfriend are cute, you gotta do what you gotta do,” the 26-year-old captioned the photo, which depicts her completely nude and standing by a tree.

Nina has also recently posed in swimwear for American Eagles’ body-positive brand Aerie and will be starring in the label’s groundbreaking unretouched #AerieReal campaign.

The star, who used to date Leonardo DiCaprio, previously credited her social media post about body shaming with garnering her the Aerie gig.

“The conversation happened naturally after my post about my experience with body shaming,” she told Glamour. “It was like walking into a family – I met Iskra (Lawrence), Yara (Shahidi), the new Aerie Real campaign girls. I started talking to everyone, and it made sense for me to come back (to Aerie) after everything that I’ve gone through.

“I’m not just going to do swimsuit clients where there’s a lot of retouching. I thought (this campaign) would be perfect for me to put myself out there again and show people who I really am.”

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Nina Agdal carefully selecting work after body shaming drama

Nina Agdal is choosing her projects very carefully after exposing her experience with body shaming.The Danish model, who has posed for Victoria’s Secret and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, hit headlines last month (Jan18) after posting an ope…

Nina Agdal is choosing her projects very carefully after exposing her experience with body shaming.

The Danish model, who has posed for Victoria’s Secret and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, hit headlines last month (Jan18) after posting an open letter online, in which she took aim at editors of an unnamed publication for scrapping plans to feature her on their latest cover because her look “deviated” from her portfolio pictures.

Nina won praise from followers on social media for sharing her story, and has now explained that she will try her best to promote body positivity through her upcoming fashion gigs.

“I’m being very selective with what I’m doing right now because this is very important to me. I’m not trying to jump into whatever job jumps up… I just support people that truly believe that all women are beautiful,” she told W magazine. “Obviously I want to continue modelling, but it is just going to be a different direction where I can speak my own story, too, and not just be a face.”

In her original message posted on Instagram, Nina uploaded the apparently unused image from the photoshoot, and added in the caption that her agent received “an unapologetic email” announcing the cover’s cancellation because it “‘did not reflect well on my talent” and “did not fit their market” – even though she has always been open about her athletic build and healthy curves.

The post has now received over 130,000 likes, and while she was concerned about the reaction to the expose at first, Nina is pleased that she went ahead and spoke out.

“I texted my best friends, and I was on my couch crying. I was freaking out. For 30 minutes I just sat on my couch and cried. It felt like a relief to me, to finally say something this real,” the 25-year-old explained of her emotions when she first hit publish on the post. “Instagram is a perception game. It is not f**king reality. So to finally publish something that meant something to me, from me, definitely made me feel super emotional and vulnerable. But I felt happy. I am so happy I did it.”

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