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Someone Online Said This Is 'Feminist Crap' — So, Of Course, Now You Need To See Why They're Wrong

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, JR's art is a testament to that. He met with women around the world who have had painful pasts and who smile through tears, and he was compelled to honor their incredible dignity and strength. I love that by posting these images of the "invisible" members of society, he is keeping women in the consciousness of all those who pass by. Heads up: I started crying around 2:00, and you probably will too.


Here, let JR explain himself:
“We went to see women that have struggled in their life. That had a lot of trouble because life is hard. They all wanted to share their story. That their story travels. When you hear their story you’re like ‘whoa,’ maybe the person died inside. But then, when you ask her to do faces, then you can see life. And then, i say i’m going to paste the photo back in your city so everybody can see it, for you, and for the people here.”

For the first time in its 56-year history, Sports Illustrated will feature a transgender model on its glossy cover. 23-year-old Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio will appear in the July issue, which hits stands early next week. Sampaio wrote on Instagram that she was "excited and honored" to be part of such an iconic issue, adding: "The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way."

A native of Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, Sampaio has been making history in the fashion world in recent years. She was already the first trans model to make the 2017 cover of Vogue Paris. Scouted while she was a young teen, she quickly made her way onto key runways in her home country. She managed to make an impression in a short time— launching her career at 18 years old—as L'Oréal Paris's first trans model. She hit another milestone last year, when she was the face of Victoria's Secret campaign, breaking barriers as the first trans woman working with the brand.

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