In a critical, if protracted, move towards representation, French Vogue has featured transgender model Valentina Sampaio on the cover of its March issue. A native of Brazil, Sampaio is the first transgender person to appear on the magazine’s cover.

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French Vogue did not make this decision haphazardly; rather, they have chosen to broadcast it. “Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world,” reads the cover in bold white font. And they’ve selected the second biggest issue of the year to deliver this statement — only September surpasses March in terms of magnitude.

French Vogue editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt tells American Vogue that they are spotlighting inequities based in gender presentation. “This cover is about the importance of [human] rights, and that we still need to make progress on an awful lot of stuff,” Alt says.

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Inside the magazine, Sampaio models the latest spring couture. And on the cover, Sampaio smolders in a metallic dress plunging at the middle.

Your turn, American Vogue. We’ve already taken far too long as it is.

[The Cut]