Leyna Bloom Is Determined To Be The First Trans Model To Walk In The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

April 23, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

If you don’t know who Leyna Bloom is yet, chances are you will soon. The model risked homelessness in order to follow her dreams, and now that she’s on her way to the top, she has no plans of stopping. Most recently, she took to Twitter to announce her dreams of wanting to be the first transgender model of color to walk in not just any fashion show—but the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Model. Leyna Bloom is the 27-year-old transgender woman who has already walked multiple fashion shows since the start of her career. Not only that, but she was also the first transgender model of color to be featured in an issue of Vogue India.

Fashion show. Now, Bloom is looking to add yet another accomplishment to her list by being the first transgender model to walk in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. She took to Twitter to make the announcement, which unsurprisingly got over 100,000 likes.

Dream. “Trying to be the 1st Trans model of color walk a #VictoriaSecret Fashion show. #transisbeautiful #LeynaBloom,” she tweeted. Bloom has previously tweeted about how it’s always been her dream to work for Victoria’s Secret.

Moment. “It’s always been a dream for me, like so many others, not just trans — POC, all women, and some men even. This is a platform that glorifies femininity. I always felt in my most natural state I am heavenly. For my trans sisters, regardless of color, this will be a moment for us all,” Bloom told Yahoo Style.

Called out. Despite her desire to work for the company, Bloom has spoken out about the company’s lack of diversity when it comes to their models. During last year’s show, she called out the lingerie brand for featuring mostly white models.

Diversity. “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. Next year they need to cast trans and curve models all colors not just Caucasians,” she tweeted.

Cast. Hopefully, the company will take into consideration Bloom’s offer to be in the show, and thus show that they are a company that is capable of representing everyone. Regardless of whether or not she gets cast, it’s safe to say she won’t be lacking in the job department.

Work. “Work has been steady. There’s definitely been a gamble with other bigger brands to take on a trans model of color. I don’t know why it’s so hard for them to want to give us a shot. Then again, nothing happens overnight,” she told Yahoo.

Dreams. Bloom is familiar with being patient, as she has wanted to be a model since she was young. When she was just 17 years old, she traveled from Chicago to New York, where she slept on trains and lived off of cheap pizza.

Opportunity. “Coming here, I didn’t have a plan. There were sometimes when I was homeless. I was sleeping on trains. I had my suitcase. I would go uptown to downtown, to this train to that train. During the day I would just go out in the city and see the city, learn the grounds that I’m walking on. And understanding that on every corner is a possibility to create an opportunity. I didn’t mind that. I see comfort wherever I lay my head,” Bloom told Mic.

Fashion shows. But it seems all that sacrifice has paid off, as Bloom’s career has taken off. She’s already walked in several shows at New York Fashion Week, which she says was quite a monumental moment for her.

Peers. “When I was walking down the runway and at the end when I did that pose, that was for every trans woman [who] wanted to be in that moment, [who] worked to be that moment, to be celebrated by all our peers in fashion,” Bloom told Mic.

Shock. After her debut on the runway came the call from Vogue, which Bloom says caught her by surprise. At first, she was in disbelief, but now she is grateful and hopes she’s been an inspiration for people who are dreaming of an opportunity like hers.

Inspiration. “I’m living a lot of people’s dreams right now. It’s every single girl and boy [who] lives in these marginalized communities [who] want something so bad. I want to let them know that I’m doing it for you,” said Bloom, as reported by Mic.

Social media. It’s unclear whether or not Victoria’s Secret has reached out to Bloom about a spot for her on the runway, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see her there. You can follow Bloom’s amazing life and career on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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