Friday, August 19, 2022

Sofia Jirau, Victoria’s Secret First Model with Down Syndrome is Latina

After joining 17 other women in launching the brand’s new campaign, Sofía Jirau has accomplished becoming the first model for Victoria’s Secret with Down syndrome.

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican model acknowledged the milestone on Valentine’s Day following the launch of the Love Cloud Collection. She is sharing the spotlight with Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Small, making Jirau the second Puerto Rican model featured in a Victoria’s Secret Campaign.

On social media, Jirau shared, “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, I am the first Victoria’s Secret model with Down syndrome!”

She even opened her own online store when she started modeling – “Alavett,” based on a bilingual pronunciation of “I love it”, her favorite phrase. A year later, she became one of the only few models with down syndrome to ever participate in New York Fashion Week.

Jirau has also launched a Spanish-language campaign of her own called “No Limits” meant to highlight the capacity that people with down syndrome have to achieve anything despite their condition.

“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. Inside and out, there are no limits, Alavett!” Jirau expressed.

NBC NEWS