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Leyna Bloom will star on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Sports Illustrated magazine has chosen as its new muse none other than Leyna Bloom, a young transgender model, black and Asian with a difficult past.

Leyna Bloom Makes History: First Black and Asian-American transgender model on Sports Illustrated

Born and raised in Chicago and of Filipino descent, she has made her way into the fashion world by breaking down many barriers and challenging many prejudices. For the magazine she is an unprecedented choice: the model is the first transgender Afor-American and Asian to appear on the cover. “This moment is bigger than my wildest and wildest dreams” commented the girl sharing one of the photos taken for the magazine.

Lying on the sand with her curly hair blowing in the wind and swathed in an orange bathing suit, Bloom demonstrates her beauty. “Right now, I am a representation of all the communities I grew up from and all the communities where I am planting seeds,” she wrote in a long message in which she thanked all the people who stood by her during the shooting. “Leyna is legendary in the world of activism, extraordinarily beautiful. She represents the right of every person to love themselves and to be who they want to be” reads the social profile of the magazine.

Images Courtesy of Leyna Bloom Instagram

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