|Leyna Bloom is making history for Sport's Illustrated.Sports Illustrated|
Leyna Bloom is making history as the first transgender woman of color to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
“I’m promoting something that has been missing in the world: trans beauty in all shapes and all sizes,” the model and actress told The New York Times of landing the coveted gig.
“I’m representing Filipina, I’m representing Black, I am representing people who have been immigrants. For them, I’m a vessel of change.”
Bloom posed in 12 different one-piece suits for the groundbreaking shoot, calling the experience “bigger than my wildest infinite dreams” in an Instagram post announcing her casting.
“My autonomy and my anatomy are beautiful,” she told the 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 the color of your skin.”