— Since its inauguration in 1995, the Victoria’s
Secret Fashion Show has spotlighted some of the biggest
names in the modeling industry. Each year, Victoria’s
Secret selects dozens of models from across the world to
walk in the show.
it was long criticized for a lack of diversity, the show
was widely praised in 2017 when nearly half of its
models were women of color. Despite this push for
inclusivity, there is still a hole in Victoria’s
Secret’s effort: The show has never included a
Chicago native Leyna Bloom is hoping to change that. On
April 9, the model launched a Twitter campaign lobbying
for a spot in the famed show.
to be the 1st trans model of color to walk a #VictoriaSecret
Fashion show," she tweeted, along with two photos
of herself in a bikini and the hashtag #transisbeautiful.
The tweet has since gained more than 100,000 likes and
been retweeted more than 30,000 times.
had previously tweeted criticism of Victoria’s Secret
for limiting its diversity to race, and called for
inclusion of trans models and models with different body
types. "All these women of color in the VS fashion
show that’s amazing right," she tweeted.
"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."
model has previously danced with the Joffrey Ballet in
Chicago and received a dance scholarship to the Chicago
Academy for the Arts. She told Buzzfeed that she dropped
out because the scholarship mandated she dance as a man.
In 2017, she made history as the first transgender woman
of color to appear in Vogue India.