This Model Is Campaigning To Be The First Trans Woman To Walk The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
And everyone thinks she'd be great at it.
Victoria’s Secret probably wouldn’t be the first name that would come to mind when you think of diversity.
Ashley Graham has often spoken about her desire to see some plus-size models on the catwalk, and to this day, a trans woman hasn’t been an Angel – but Leyna Bloom wants to change that.
Leyna is a pretty established model who has been photographed for Vogue and walked for New York designers Chromat and The Blonds at Fashion Week.
But she’s setting her sights on the most prestigious job a model can get, tweeting that she wants to become the first “trans model of colour to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show:
— Leyna Bloom (@leynabloom) April 9, 2018
Her tweet has been going just a little bit viral – and all the good people of Twitter are firmly on board:
?victoria secret give this goddess the platform asap? https://t.co/m41j7kccLO
— aquathot (@beththebinch) April 10, 2018
You CAN and WILL do this and pave the way mama ❤️? God Bless you !! https://t.co/TWeBYBWRNQ
— N’Jadaka ✊?✊?✊? (@98Darius) April 11, 2018
VS has yet to respond to the tweet, though their lack of representation of trans models has been brought to them before. In 2013, a petition was started to make model Carmen Carrera the first trans woman to represent the brand. She said at the time:
What do I think about those opposed to the idea of the first transgender VS Angel? Hmm… they said there would never be a black president… They said gay people would never be able to marry… It’s about to be 2014 boo, it’s a new day.
Sadly, it’s now 2018, and the brand still haven’t made any moves towards including trans models. But look at this walk! Leyna was born to prance in Victoria’s Secret lingerie. Think about taking up that offer, VS…
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