Leyna Bloom is Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue's 1st trans cover model

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Axios 19 July, 2021 - 04:14pm 8 views

Who is on Sports Illustrated cover?

Sports Illustrated announced on Monday the three individuals who would grace the cover of the 2021 Swimsuit edition. Tennis star Naomi Osaka, rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Leyna Bloom all have been chosen as cover models for this year's edition. Sports IllustratedTennis Star Naomi Osaka Lands 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

Black and Asian actress Leyna Bloom made history on Monday, becoming the first trans cover model in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

Why it matters: Amid a tide of anti-trans legislation in the U.S., Bloom's feature in one of the most highly coveted magazine issues in the world is a step toward visibility and "heals a lot of pain," she said.

Her story: The 27-year-old shot to fame in 2019 when she starred in Martin Scorsese's "Port Authority," which premiered at Cannes Film Festival and made her the first trans woman of color to play a leading role at a major film festival.

What they're saying: "We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder," Bloom tweeted after the cover was revealed.

Worth noting: Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka and rapper Megan Thee Stallion feature as the other two swimsuit cover models this year.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene at the U.S. Capitol in June. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Twitter announced Monday that it's suspending the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for 12 hours.

Driving the news: "We took enforcement action on the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy," Twitter said in an emailed statement.

FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell will make her first trip to wildfire-affected states amid another dangerous week of extreme heat and "critical" fire weather conditions, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The West is experiencing its worst drought this century, and repeated, extreme heat waves have dried out forests and grasslands, priming them to burn. Officials are gearing up for an unprecedented, prolonged peak fire season.

Senate Democrats are debating lowering the Medicare eligibility age as part of the $3.5-trillion "soft" infrastructure package, at the risk of jeopardizing centrist support for a measure being pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Why it matters: Giving Americans over age 60 access to Medicare would force Democrats to either add an estimated $200 billion to their overall infrastructure price tag or cut other progressive priorities currently in the package.

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Naomi Osaka lands Sports Illustrated 'Swimsuit Issue' cover

Yardbarker 19 July, 2021 - 02:54pm

Naomi Osaka has not played in a tennis tournament since she withdrew from the French Open back in May, but she has been plenty busy off the court.

Sports Illustrated announced on Monday that Osaka is one of three women who will appear on the cover of the publication’s annual “Swimsuit Issue” this year. She joins rapper Megan Thee Stallion and model Leyna Bloom.

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

— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) July 19, 2021

Osaka also recently posed for Vogue Hong Kong.

Osaka, 23, has won four Grand Slam titles. She will compete for Japan at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

After she withdrew from the French Open amid a controversy over her media boycott, Osaka then chose to skip Wimbledon. Her playing plans beyond the Olympics remain unclear.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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