Sports Illustrated is having a landmark second with its 2021 Swimsuit subject.
The journal has tapped its first transgender mannequin, Leyna Bloom, as one among three cowl stars of its 58th Swimsuit Issue. Bloom is joined by tennis champion Naomi Osaka and Grammy-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion because the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cowl stars.
“If there’s one thing that our cover models have in common, it’s that they don’t have one thing in common,” stated MJ Day, editor in chief of the journal, in a press release. “They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms.”
Day additionally said that Bloom’s landmark cowl “[solidifies] the fact that the more diverse and inclusive a community, the stronger it becomes.”
She went on to elucidate that Osaka was tapped to have fun her “passion, strength and power geared toward consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice and mental health,” and described Megan Thee Stallion as “a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm.”
Bloom is the second transgender mannequin to look within the pages of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit subject. She follows mannequin Valentina Sampaio, who was additionally the primary transgender mannequin employed by Victoria’s Secret.
Osaka’s cowl comes simply days earlier than the four-time Grand Slam champion is about to play on the Tokyo Summer Games as a part of Japan’s staff. This will likely be Osaka’s first main competitors after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon to give attention to her psychological well being.
Megan Thee Stallion has additionally made historical past as the primary rapper to look on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit subject cowl. The rapper has had a landmark 12 months, profitable three Grammys in March for greatest new artist, greatest rap efficiency and greatest rap music.
The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit subject additionally options 25 various fashions, together with Tinashe, Anitta, Emily DiDonato, Danielle Herrington, Kathy Jacobs, Josephine Skriver, Katrina Scott, Nyma Tang, Olivia Culpo and others.
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