Leyna Bloom becomes the first trans person to be featured in the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Model-actor Leyna Bloom made history by becoming the first trans person to be featured on the cover page of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. 

Bloom is joined by athlete Naomi Osaka and rapper Megan Thee Stallion who will also be featured on the front page of the annual issue which has community as its theme. 

In an interview with Vogue magazine, Bloom said “We all know that the world [right now] is in this compassionate space of transformation. Any woman of color being on the cover of this magazine means that the world is evolving, and I’m part of that evolution process,” 

“This moment represents that we’re going into the future, and this is what the future looks like.” She further added. 

Bloom’s entry to the cover was paved when she met Sports Illustrated’s Editor-in-Chief MJ Day in 2020. Talking about the meeting she said, “We talked about space, motherhood, the power of bodies, activism, issues within our bodies that we’ve grown to appreciate and accept. It wasn’t the cliché conversation of ‘make sure you diet.’ It was real and human, totally not what I was expecting, but more than I could have dreamed.”

The magazine’s inclusive nature was what drew Bloom in. Speaking about her attire and final image, she said, “I wanted to be in what I was most comfortable in, so I’m in a one-piece. It’s the kind of suit Meghan Markle or Michelle Obama would wear to the beach! I wanted to be that girl ordering tacos on the beach, feeling the vibe, and not worrying about anything [because] she’s comfortable and being herself—that’s the girl I wanted to represent.” 

In 2017, Bloom became the first transgender woman of color. She is best known for her role in the film “Port Authority” which was screened in the Cannes Film Festival