Sometimes positive change is a slow and gradual thing, and other times, it can’t come fast enough. One of those things is equal representation across the board in the world of fashion and modeling, especially for companies that have earned a reputation for sticking to thin white women in the bulk of the shows and campaigns.
Of course, one of those brands is the infamous and somewhat controversial lingerie giant, Victoria’s Secret.
People tune in to the fashion show each year and find that not much has changed: almost all of the angels are rail thin white women. On top of not including more than a couple women of color there has not been a single plus-sized women or transgender woman featured in the show.
But, one model has decided to do all that she can to change. Leyna Bloom is determined to become the first transgender woman of color to earn her angel wings:
She would be the first-ever trans model to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
— Leyna Bloom (@leynabloom) April 9, 2018
Bloom recognized the small surge in women of color being cast in the fashion show. But, she also pointed out that most of the lingerie models are still white – and none of them are trans or plus-sized:
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.
— Leyna Bloom (@leynabloom) November 21, 2017
With over a hundred thousand followers on Instagram, Leyna has made a name for herself in the world of modeling. She has been featured in some of the most popular publications, like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Byrdie, and Refinery29, sharing her struggles of being a transgender woman, and going from being homeless to gracing the pages of famous fashion magazines. On top of that, the model and activist has walked in fashion shows for designers like Chromat and The Blonds.
Could that mean that these dreams becoming a reality isn’t all that far-fetched? Her fans seem to think so.
People supported the aspiring model in pursuing this dream – and paving the path for a more inclusive, beautiful future:
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
You are extremely beautiful, I wish you a lot of success and I'm sure you'll rock the show!
— Jessi (@_butterflyjessi) April 10, 2018
And couldn’t help but shower her with compliments because she is beyond captivating:
Lawd sis, you beautiful!!
— The Soulful Negress (@irna79) April 10, 2018
you are so gorgeous omg pic.twitter.com/cKDyzIPMyJ
— dyke on a bike (@ashleyadele_) April 10, 2018
Omfg you’re so beautiful and such an inspiration
— taylor (@Taylorramilas) April 9, 2018
Twitter can’t seem to stop admiring her ethereal beauty:
Not that anyone can blame them.
— ericd (@ericdtx) April 10, 2018
i have seen an angel today
— jill (@jillisadork) April 10, 2018
— Best Girl (@N7aryn) April 10, 2018
Bloom is gorgeous, period:
And just like that, my wig was gone pic.twitter.com/zIBWdjKhHF
— kronk's spinach puffs (@_antisocialish) April 10, 2018
Victoria, take note.