Sofia Jirau: First Victoria’s Secret Model with Down Syndrome

Brilla Media
 | April 14, 2022


Jirau, a Puerto Rican woman with Down Syndrome, always dreamt of being a famous model. Thanks to her drive, her dreams have come true. “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,” the Puerto Rican model said on her Instagram.

Jirau made her debut at New York Fashion Week in February 2020. She recently said “I am proud as one of the few models with Down syndrome who has managed to participate in the important fashion event.” In addition to modeling in the U.S, she looks to expand to Europe in the near future.

Victoria’s Secret’s head creative director, Raúl Martinez adds: “Love Cloud Collection is a major moment in the brand’s evolution. 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.”

Victoria’s Secret now features more diversity throughout its brand. Their models are no longer held to a standard of unrealistic body types, as they look to promote healthier body expectations.

Sofia’s story is far from the end, as the whole modeling world looks forward to seeing what she does next!

Michael is a writer from New York living in Los Angeles with roots in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Wales. Passionate about storytelling and film, he’s currently working on several scripts and producing content for various businesses brands.

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