A transgender woman will be on the 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover


The Washington Post 20 July, 2021 - 09:53am 24 views

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka, rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Leyna Bloom all have been chosen as cover models for this year's edition. According to SI Swimsuit, "The three were photographed separately in locations across the U.S. from Florida to California. Sports IllustratedTennis Star Naomi Osaka Lands 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

“This moment heals a lot of pain in the world. We deserve this moment,” Bloom said on Instagram. “ … 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.”

Last month, Bloom told Variety that before coming out seven years ago, she was terrified people would discover she was transgender. She hid her identity because she believed the world wasn’t ready and that someone might attack her.

“They see how you move, they see your magic [and] they want to hurt you,” she said.

But in 2014, Bloom announced herself to the world by modeling for a magazine shoot featuring her and other trans women. Since then, she became one of the first openly trans women to walk the runway at Paris Fashion Week, Sports Illustrated said on its website.

Other milestones followed: She was the first trans woman of color on the cover of Vogue India and the first trans woman of color to star in a movie at the Cannes Film Festival — “Port Authority,” a Martin Scorsese-produced tale about a fresh-off-the-bus cisgender man who stumbles into New York City’s queer ballroom scene and falls in love with Bloom’s character. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated announced Bloom would be the first trans woman of color modeling in the magazine’s swimsuit issue, although the revelation about the cover would take four more months.

Having a trans woman held up as a symbol of beauty alongside past participants such as Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen and Heidi Klum shows things are changing, Bloom told Variety.

“I think it’s just a powerful time right now," Bloom told Variety. "I’m so happy Sports Illustrated wanted to have the nerve to really say, ‘We got to have this moment, and if you don’t like it, you can go somewhere else.’ ”

Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue — once described in a 1998 Washington Post article as “mainstream, middlebrow … middle American” and little more than “a volume of cheesecake portraiture” — has tried in recent years to stay abreast of an ever-changing social landscape.

In 2018, the issue’s creators reacted to the #MeToo era with a photo shoot in which women crafted their own messages with carefully chosen words written on their naked bodies or clothing. In 2019, the issue for the first time featured a model wearing a hijab and burkini. Last year, a 56-year-old woman graced the pages.

“That’s the great thing about Sports Illustrated is they just keep reinventing themselves and they keep reinventing what is your view of beauty,” Kathy Jacobs, the 56-year-old woman, told the AP. “And they keep showing people that there’s more than one kind of beauty out there.”

Bloom, a transgender woman who’s Black and Filipina, is now part of that representation.

In March, a New York Times reporter asked Bloom if being in the swimsuit issue was the best way for people to learn that you can be respected, appreciated and loved no matter your body shape, sexuality or skin color.

“It’s one way,” she responded. “This is a way of reaching the top of the food chain. Let’s at least have this moment and say that we had it, and then we can go on to dismantle it.”

But, Bloom added, beauty standards that aren’t easy to shatter can be made more inclusive. “Up to now, it was strictly, ‘Oh, you’re trans so you cannot be a princess.’ But when we’re seen in these spaces — the runways, the magazines — trans children can look up and say, ‘This is what a princess looks like to me.’ ”

Bloom said she thinks of herself as “a third sex” and that as she’s gotten older, she’s become more in tune with both her masculine and feminine energies. That wasn’t easy, she told The Times. She said she was raped as a child and fetishized as an adult, so the life of a princess didn’t always seem attainable.

“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,” Bloom said Monday on Instagram.

Not hers. Millions of people will see the Sports Illustrated cover not just when it hits newsstands in a couple of days, but years and decades from now, long after her “physical form is gone,” she said. Even after she dies, they’ll see a Black, Filipina trans woman kneeling in the sand and being celebrated for her beauty.

“Not a lot of people get to live in the future,” she said Monday. “So at this moment, I’m proudly choosing to live forever.”

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Megan Thee Stallion sizzles on 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit' cover in strappy bikini: 'I have always been comfortable and confident in my own skin'

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"I remember being younger and seeing Tyra Banks on the cover and thinking, 'I want to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition too,'" Megan tells Yahoo Life. "It was a dream of mine that I manifested into a reality."

The 26-year-old has manifested many dreams since starting her music career, most notably winning three awards at the 2021 Grammys including Best New Artist — the first female rapper to do so since Lauryn Hill in 1999. More importantly than her success, however, is the impact that Megan's songs have had on women. Especially those who have struggled to acquire the confidence that she has.

"I have always been comfortable and confident in my own skin," the "Body" rapper says. "I have to give props to the strong women who raised me. My family always made me feel really good about myself. I didn't realize how lucky I was to have grown up in such an environment."

It's for this exact reason that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day selected Megan to star on one of the 2021 issue's three covers.

"These women have not limited themselves to just one thing. They've mastered so many different things, they've taken on so many different things. Sure, they're extraordinarily talented in one specific way or another, but then not far behind those crowning achievements are all of these other incredibly important goals and platforms and achievements that they've all reached," Day says of all three cover stars — which include Naomi Osaka and Leyna Bloom. "Megan Thee Stallion says everything, she's completely unfiltered and that's what makes her fabulous. But then she can also tackle some of the biggest issues we have through her music and in her music videos."

With her debut on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, as well as other work with Revlon, Fashion Nova and Calvin Klein, Megan is tackling issues surrounding the lack of representation of Black women — something that she's been passionate about since seeing women like Banks come before her.

"For me, growing up and seeing Tyra on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit was a big deal. She is a tall, curvy, Black woman like me," she says. "Seeing yourself represented is instrumental. Humans come in all shapes, sizes and colors and we all should be celebrated because we are all beautiful."

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Model Leyna Bloom is the annual issue’s cover star alongside tennis champion Naomi Osaka and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

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Naomi Osaka, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and model and actress Leyna Bloom are the cover stars for this year's swimsuit issue.

Today, Sports Illustrated revealed the cover models on its 2021 Swimsuit Issue, and we are blown away by the gorgeous, strong, talented women of color they chose to feature this year. Naomi Osaka’s gorgeous portrait marked the first time a Black female athlete was featured on an SI Swimsuit cover, while Megan Thee Stallion brought […]

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Naomi Osaka becomes first female Black athlete on a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

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Naomi Osaka appears on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, becoming the first female Black athlete to do so.

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Naomi Osaka appears on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, becoming the first female Black athlete to do so. 

Osaka's cover comes on the heels of her controversial withdrawal from the French Open after decision to not speak with media to protect her mental health. The four-time Grand Slam champion is poised to compete in the Tokyo Games later this month. 

SI Swimsuit editor-in-chief MJ Day said in a statement: "There’s no question that Naomi is one of the best athletes in the world, and a cover spot felt obvious. She’s spent her formative years racking up titles and is headed to the Olympics. But we celebrate Naomi for her passion, strength and power geared towards consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice, and mental health."

Osaka shares the history-making cover with two other models – rapper Megan Thee Stallion and activist Leyna Bloom. 

“If there’s one thing that our cover models have in common, it’s that they don’t have one thing in common. They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms," Day said in a statement. 

Osaka recently had her own Barbie doll sell out last week. The 23-year-old has had both a national and global impact, having been heavily involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and regularly showcasing her Japanese roots. She is representing Japan at the Tokyo Olympic Games. She was named Sports Illustrated's sportsperson of the year in 2020 for her activism. 

Osaka recently opened up about her mental health in describing what prompted her to withdraw from the French Open and calling for the sport to better accommodate its athletes. She said standing up for her mental health was "all worth it." 

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Naomi Osaka graces cover of historic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

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Osaka shared her Vogue Hong Kong cover on Sunday and first thing Monday morning, Sports Illustrated announced the tennis star as one of its three 2021 cover models. 

The magazine issue's theme is "Opening Eyes, Speaking Truths and Changing Minds." Osaka is the first Black female athlete on the cover, SI said. She joins Megan Thee Stallion, the first rapper to land the cover, and Leyna Bloom, the first transgender cover star. 

"What drew us to Naomi was her passion, strength and power geared toward consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice and mental health," Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor-in-chief MJ Day said, via SI. "She is wholeheartedly dedicated to achieving the impossible and has succeeded time and again. We are so honored to have one of the fiercest female trailblazers in history as one of our 2021 covers." 

Osaka, 23, was photographed in Malibu wearing pieces from the swimwear line she co-designed with Frankies Bikinis. In other photographs she's posing in pieces by Louis Vitton, which she joined in January as a brand ambassador.

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Leyna Bloom becomes first transgender model to grace the cover of this sports magazine

The Indian Express 20 July, 2021 - 05:20am

American magazine Sports Illustrated has set an example as they featured transgender model of colour Leyna Bloom on their latest cover. This, however, is not the first instance of the magazine prioritising inclusion. Prior to this, Brazillian trans model Valentina Sampaio also featured in their swimsuit issue last year.

In 2017, Leyna also featured on Vogue cover, becoming the first transgender woman of colour to do so.

Sharing the pictures on Instagram the model said that the process was healing. “This moment heals a lot of pain in the world. We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder. I’m am so happy, honored, and humbled to share that I’m the 1st trans woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated!” Leyna wrote as she looked striking in a white swim suit.

Sharing some pictures from the shoot, the magazine wrote, “From the ballroom to being a cover model, Leyna Bloom graces the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swim issue. She truly is making this world a better place.”

She often takes to Instagram to share her experiences as well as pictures.

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The beauty had no idea she was expecting when she posed in her bikini on the beaches of Miami, Florida for the coveted gig earlier this year, and was given a shock upon her return home to Los Angeles when she started feeling ill.

"Four days after the shoot I found out that I was pregnant," Herrington told the New York Post. She ended up taking a total of seven pregnancy tests, before the news was confirmed by her doctor.

"I found out I was about five-weeks pregnant," she shared. "And I was in complete shock."

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"I'm excited to birth him, see his face and watch him grow," she smiled.

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Leyna Bloom’s ethnicity explored: Fans react to actress’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

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Sharing the powerful cover shot on Instagram, Leyna wrote:

“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.”

“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.”

Leyna Bloom is known for being a model, actress, and activist, though her creative pathway actually began as a child when she was a dancer.

Hoping to turn her passion for dance into a career, Leyna won a prestigious scholarship to the Chicago Academy for the Arts. However, after the school refused to allow her to dance as a woman, Leyna headed to New York instead where she began work as a model.

In 2019, Leyna became the first trans woman of colour to star in a film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival for her appearance in Port Authority, in which she starred alongside Fionn Whitehead.

Leyna can also be seen in the final season of the Netflix show Pose, and the upcoming feature film “Asking For It.”

Leyna Bloom was born in Chicago to a Filipina mother and an African American father.

While quarantining in the Spring of 2020, Leyna spent time researching her heritage and tracing her lineage. Leyna told Harper’s Bazaar:

“Figuring out my roots as both Filipino and African gave me a sense of confidence and self-love, especially knowing that a lot of people worked hard for me to be here.”

She continued on: “I feel very lucky because it’s a beautiful gift to know your heritage and it gave me the extra push I needed to be my destined self.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Becomes 1st Female Rapper On Sports Illustrated Cover, Fans Rave

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We just have one thing to say about Megan Thee Stallion’s debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated: Body-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody.

The covers of the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue were revealed on Monday, featuring the 26-year-old “Thot Shit” singer as well as tennis great Naomi Osaka and transgender model Leyna Bloom.

Notably, Megan Thee Stallion is the first female rapper and only the second singer to grace the front of the magazine. Beyoncé became the first in 2007.

Meet Your #SISwim21 Cover Models: @naomiosaka, @theestallion and @leynabloom! https://t.co/93XYiWUzTi pic.twitter.com/pnCPnMeT10

The Texas native posted her cover Monday morning on Instagram, calling it a “dream come true.”

“Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit 😭😭 I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover DREAM COME TRUE!!” she wrote in the caption.

Many Stallion fans praised and shared their affection for the sexy shoot on Twitter: 

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