Model Leyna Bloom wants to be the first trans Victoria’s Secret angel

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Bloom has been tipped as one to watch since New York Fashion Week in 2017, and shot to international fame and made history as the first transgender model of color having her photoshoots in Vogue India. Last week Bloom tweeted two photos of herself with the caption, “trying to be the first trans model of color [to] walk a Victoria’s Secret fashion show”. The tweet then went viral, gaining nearly 30,000 retweets and over 94,000 likes. During her career, Bloom remained a vocal critic of the lack of gender and race diversity in the modern fashion industry. “All these women of color in the VS fashion show that’s amazing right. But they still have way more white girls. It’s like every time they added a woman of color they added another white girl,” she said, adding that being a VS model was her dream, as well as many other girls, white and of color, trans and cis, and even some boys are dreaming about it. Bloom continued, saying that while her career had flourished, it was still ‘a gamble’ for brands to give her (and all the trans models of color in general) a chance. Bloom went on to praise the modeling industry for what it could be, saying that by including her, Victoria’s Secret would be able to ‘set the tone’ for trans women in the industry. This is a platform that glorifies femininity. I always felt in my most natural state I am heavenly. For my trans sisters, regardless of colour, this will be a moment for us all.[Victoria’s Secret] will have the power to set the tone, and that would be the biggest leap up to date. Can you imagine what that would do for our world?”

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