Trans Model Valentijn de Hingh Wears Dress Made Of Flags From Countries Where Homosexuality Is A Crime

De Hingh was an ambassador this weekend at EuroPride in Amsterdam.

To bring attention to the plight of LGBT people around the world, trans model Valentijn de Hingh donned a dress made of flags from the 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal.

De Hingh, 26, posed in the dress at the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which played host to EuroPride this weekend.

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“That little lady wearing the big dress is me,” she posted on Instagram. “Every country that changes its legislation will have its flag replaced by a rainbow flag. Let’s hope this dress will represent a patchwork of rainbows sooner rather than later.”

The dress was crafted by Dutch designer Mattijs van Bergen, while arresting image was shot by photographer Pieter Henke.

So proud of this amazing PRIDE project. ❤️ @rijksmuseum #rainbowdress @valentijndehingh

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De Hingh, who is Dutch, was EuroPride’s first transgender ambassador.

She started modeling in 2008 and has walked the runway for Comme des Garçons and Maison Martin Margiela, among others, and is the first transgender person ever to have been represented by IMG Models.

Psssst, I'm in @nlvogue this month!

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“I dreamt of becoming a Disney princess,” de Hingh said last year. “I especially loved the character of Ariel, the little mermaid, who needed to change her body in order to change herself.”

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