Valentina Sampaio short film sold for $300,000 as an NFT

By Raffaele Redi

The model and activist‘s film features her and a cast of trans actors and trans youth

Valentina Sampaio at a screening of Ford v Ferrari                                 
Valentina Sampaio – Photo: Shutterstock
                                

A short film and charity non-fungible token (NFT) of digital fashion created with Brazilian transgender supermodel and activist, Valentina Sampaio, was auctioned for $300,000 (£223,000, €258,000).

Lambada Dyed Red White Blue NFT was purchased by an anonymous bidder for almost its floor price. The film can be viewed on YouTube and Sampaio also posted a teaser of the film on her Instagram.

The short film features Sampaio and a cast of trans actors and trans youth, opening with a celebration of trans joy in the style of iconic 1980s music video, Lambada, with the computer-generated imagery version of the dress designed by digital artist NERI, or Gia Djahaia, which is currently on auction as an NFT.

Profits from the sale of the NFT will be donated to non-profit LGBTQ organisations such as Pride Live, GLAAD and The Ali Forney Center.

“What does it mean to be an American if you are trans?”

The opening of the NFT auction was timed with Sampaio walking the red carpet at The MET Gala in celebration of American Fashion where the dress code was ‘American Independence’.

“I hope that young trans women can see women like us at The MET Gala and other cultural epicentres and come to know that trans women do belong,” said Valentina Sampaio.

“Our existence and visibility matter. Branislav Jankic and Jesse Ball’s new film begins with the beautiful diversity and joy of the transgender community and quickly moves to spotlight the urgent epidemic of violence facing transgender people, especially transgender women of colour. It is an urgent call to action for the world to proudly and strongly stand with trans people,” added the Brazilian model and LGBTQ advocate.

The short film was co-created by The Lions Management and Lukso, written and directed by Branislav Jankic and Jesse Ball and produced by Goran Macura.

Further reading: Dolce & Gabbana hosts ‘historic’ NFT sale

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