Model With Down Syndrome Makes Her Historic Debut in New Victoria’s Secret Campaign


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Sofía Jirau has made history as the first Victoria’s Secret model with Down syndrome. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican woman shared news of this momentous occasion on social media, where she—along with 17 other women—is part of a new underwear line and campaign called the Love Cloud Collection.

“One day I dreamed of it, I worked on it and today it is a dream come true. I can finally tell you my big secret,” Jirau wrote on Instagram in Spanish. “I am the first Victoria's Secret model with Down syndrome!” In the post, she was grateful to the retailer for the opportunity. “Thank you Victoria's Secret for seeing me as a model who has #NoLimits and making me part of the inclusive Love Cloud Collection campaign,” she added. “Inside and out, there are no limits.”

The photo accompanying Jiaru’s caption is a black and white portrait of her wearing one of the bras from the collection. “Love Cloud Collection is a major moment in the brand's evolution,” said Raúl Martinez, head creative director of Victoria's Secret. “From the cast of incredible women that bring the collection to life, to the incredible inclusive spirit on set, this campaign is an important part of the new Victoria's Secret standard we are creating.”

Jirau began her career in 2019 and has had a meteoric rise; by 2020, she was walking at New York Fashion Week. She’s now part of a small but growing number of models with Down syndrome who rock advertising campaigns and runways. Their presence is an important step towards a more inclusive modeling industry that showcases the beauty everyone has to offer.

Sofía Jirau is a model with Down syndrome.


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She has recently made history by becoming the first Victoria's Secret model with Down syndrome.


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h/t: [People]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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