A model has become the first trans woman to appear on the front cover of Sports Illustrated.
The front spot of the legendary magazine has been a Holy Grail for models.
That is why Leyna Bloom is ‘humbled’ to be picked and hopes that her experience opens up more possibilities for other trans women.
Ms. Bloom took to Instagram and wrote: “I am so happy, honored and humbled to share that I’m the 1st trans woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated!”
“I have dreamt a million beautiful dreams, but for girls like me, most dreams are just fanciful hopes in a world that often erases and omits our history and even existence,” she continued,
“This moment is so powerful because it allows me to live forever even after my physical form is gone.
“Not a lot of people get to live in the future, so at this moment, I’m proudly choosing to live forever.”
Ms. Bloom thanked Sports Illustrated for recognizing the importance of visibility and exposure when it comes to the LGBTQIA+ community.
“I dedicate this cover to all ballroom femme queens past, present and future,” she continued. “This historical moment is important to #girlslikeus because it allows us to live and be seen.
“Many girls like us don’t have the chance to live our dreams, or to live long at all. I hope my cover empowers those, who are struggling to be seen, feel valued. Let me be a messenger guiding us to a future of respect and appreciation for all women in all forms and from all walks of life.”
“I truly believe everything we do and everyone we meet are put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents,” she added.
“We’re all teachers and if you are willing to pay attention to the lessons, trust your positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks, the possibilities are infinite!”
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