Model makes history by becoming first Victoria’s Secret with Down syndrome

(NEXSTAR) – A Puerto Rican woman has made history as the first Victoria’s Secret model with Down syndrome.

“One day I dreamed of it, I worked for it and today it’s a dream come true,” Sofía Jirau, 24, wrote in an Instagram post.

Jirau is part of Victoria’s Secret’s latest line, the Love Cloud Collection, which is described as a “first of its kind campaign for the brand”. Seventeen other women are modeling the campaign, including Miriam Blanco, who is a paraplegic, and Celilo Miles, a Nez Perce Tribe-Wildland firefighter.

Hailey Bieber, wife of pop singer Justin Bieber, is also listed as one of the models in the line.

Jirau made her modeling debut during New York Fashion Week in 2020, according to People. She also oversees her own brand, Alavett. According to the brand’s website, Alavett is how Jirau spells “I love her,” her favorite words.

Last summer, the lingerie brand parted ways with the Victoria’s Secret Angels amid criticism over a lack of diversity and the enforcement of unrealistic body standards for women. CEO Martin Waters said Angels were no longer “culturally relevant” in an interview with The New York Times.

In 2019, Victoria’s Secret hired its first openly transgender model after a company official was forced to apologize for implying that transgender women were off-brand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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