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Leyna Bloom makes history in Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue

Composed by Leah Dolan,

Leyna Flower is the first very first Black and Asian transgender woman to be featured in a Swimwear Concern of Sports Illustrated, striking stands in July.

The American design and actress initially made headlines as the first trans female of color to star in a film that premiered at Cannes Movie Festival, 2019’s “Port Authority.”

In a declaration to Design, Sports Illustrated applauded Leyna Blossom’s “undeniable sense of self that shines through the minute she strolls on set.”

Leyna Blossom walks the runway for Chromat Spring/Summer 2020 throughout New York City Style Week Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

“( Leyna’s) story represents one grounded in strength and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help her tell it,” the statement continued. “Her presence as the very first trans female of color to be in our concern is a result of her lifetime dedication to forging her own course that has actually caused acceptance, love and modification. She represents everyone’s right to enjoy themselves and be who they wish to be.”

Sports Illustrated has actually marked a number of firsts in current history. In 1997, Tyra Banks ended up being the first Black lady to have a solo cover featured on SI’s Swimsuit Issue. Ashley Graham turned into one of the title’s very first plus-size cover models in 2016, and in 2019, Banks returned and became the publication’s earliest cover star.

Flower, who is Black and Filipina, is just the second transgender female to ever be included in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit concern. Last year, Brazilian design Valentina Sampaio ended up being the first. Flower told Design that remaining in the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Concern “is an incredible sensation and accomplishment,” but added “that there’s still a lot work to be done for more representation.”

Leyna Bloom at the Award Ceremony during the 45th Deauville American Movie Celebration in 2019. Credit: Francois Durand/Getty Images

In an interview with Great Early morning America, Bloom said she “never pictured” that she would be “born in a time when something like this would happen to someone with (her) skin tone.”

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