“I’m am so happy, honored, and humbled to share that I’m the 1st trans woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated!”
Bloom went on to thank Sports Illustrated for “recognizing the importance of representation” and said that “this is all of our responsibility.”
The activist dedicated the cover to “all ballroom femme queens past, present and future.”
“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.”
People have left Bloom some lovely messages on Twitter sharing their support for her historic cover.
We are celebrating this momentous and historic moment with @leynabloom, who is the first trans model to be featured… https://t.co/0epwKXNfoH
— Human Rights Campaign (@Human Rights Campaign)
We are so ecstatic for you and the entire trans community! #SI2021 #blackTRANSlivesmatter https://t.co/k7JXsQuUoI
In 2017, she was the first trans woman of colour to appear in Vogue India. In 2019, she became the first trans woman of colour to be given a leading role in a feature at a major film festival with her feature film debut in Port Authority, directed by Danielle Lessovitz, at the Cannes Film Festival.