Pasok si model at activist Leyna Bloom as the latest rookie of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
Siya ang kauna-unahang Black at Asian woman na na-feature sa nasabing magazine.
Inanunsiyo ito ni Sports Illustrated’s editor-in-chief MJ Day sa Instgram.
She describe the Filipina-American model as “legendary,” “strikingly gorgeous,” and for having “an undeniable sense of self that shines through the minute she walks on set.”
“Her presence as the first trans woman of color to be in our issue is a result of her lifetime dedication to forging her own path that has led to acceptance, love and change. She represents every person’s right to love themselves and be who they want to be,” Dagdag pa niya.
Pinili nila si Bloom bilang cover dahil sa kanyang “beauty, commitment and desire to leave the world a better place.”
Masaya ring ibinahagi ni Bloom ang milestone niya sa social media.
“This is what it looks like to be in full bloom,” sey ng Pinay kasama ang photo niya sa nasabing editorial.
“Thank you @si_swimsuit for allowing me to showcase my heavenly form.”
She added, “Before my feet even touched the sand, you all wanted to celebrate the temple of my body and the deepest part of my spiritual universe. Your kindness has given me so much hope in the humanity of entertainment industry.”
Hindi lang ito ang mga naging achievement ni Bloom.
Siya ang unang trans woman of color to headline a film at Cannes, isa sa mga unang openly transgender models sa runway sa New York Fashion Week, at unang transgender woman of color sa Vogue India.