Leyna Bloom has made history as the first transgender model of color to appear in Sports Illustrated’s 2021 swimsuit issue.
Bloom is black and Filipino, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, she mentions The independent. Through the feature, Bloom hopes to show readers that their “autonomy and my anatomy are beautiful,” she said.
Bloom said the show was also dedicated to all the “disappeared in the world.” “I’m promoting something that the world was missing: trans beauty in all shapes and sizes. I represent the Philippines, I represent blacks, I represent people who have been immigrants. For them, I am a recipient of change, “he said. New York Times.
“I want people to see that, and to see that you can be respected, appreciated and loved regardless of your body shape, sexuality and skin color,” he added.
Bloom shared one of the photos from the shoot on Instagram, in which she is seen in an orange monokini with cutout details. “This is what appears to be in full bloom … This moment is bigger than my wildest infinite dreams,” the post titled.
Meanwhile, MJ Day magazine editor also opened up an essay on the decision to feature Bloom, revealing that the outlet is “honored to have her in this year’s issue and understand the effect it will have on so many others.” .
“Her presence as the first trans woman of color to appear in our issue is the result of her life’s dedication to forging her own path that has led to acceptance, love and change. She represents the right of all people to love themselves and be who they want to be, ”the editor wrote.