Actor, model, dancer and activist, Leyna Bloom is used to blazing a trail for others to follow. She’s the first trans woman of color to appear in Vogue India, and she’s the first trans woman of color to lead a movie at the Cannes Film Festival, having starred in the film Port Authority.
Now, Bloom has achieved two more firsts. She’s the first transgender cover star of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, and the first trans woman of color to be featured inside the magazine.
Writing on Instagram, Bloom said the moment “heals a lot of pain”.