Model makes history to be first trans woman on Sports Illustrated front cover

A model has become the first trans woman to make the Sports Illustrated cover.

Leyna Bloom made history as she was pictured posing in a white bikini on the beach.

The 28-year-old, from Chicago, US, took to her Instagram page to describe the experience as “humbling”.

She told her 415,000 followers: "I have dreamt a million beautiful dreams, but for girls like me, most dreams are just fanciful hopes in a world that often erases and omits our history and even existence.

"This moment is so powerful because it allows me to live forever even after my physical form is gone.

"Not a lot of people get to live in the future, so at this moment, I'm proudly choosing to live forever."

Leyna hopes she will pave the way for more transgender people in the industry.

She added: “I dedicate this 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.”

The post garnered more than 52,000 likes – and many showed their support for Leyna.

One commenter wrote: “Absolutely iconic and so well deserved. Love you!”

Another said: “I’m so proud of you and am so moved by what you wrote along with this.

“You inspire me and it made me tear up.”

And a third added: “History made. Congrats and so well deserved.”

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