From the streets of NYC to the pages of 'Vogue': Meet Leyna Bloom

Dec. 1, 2017

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In the past few months, model Leyna Bloom has experienced the kind of fashion career other models really do dream about.

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She walked in some of the top shows at New York Fashion Week 2017 — LaQuan Smith, the Blonds and Chromat among them.

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It’s a dream that is speaking to me constantly. Every moment I just like to pinch myself, and I have to just be thankful in that moment.

— Leyna Bloom

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Bloom made history in October when she was featured in Vogue India, becoming the second out trans model of color to be featured in any international Vogue.

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Tracey “Africa” Norman, the legendary trans model of color, appeared in Vogue Italia in the 1970s and again in October, in her 60s.

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These moments are all the more extraordinary when Bloom considers where she was just years ago.

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She experienced homelessness as a child, but ended up finding ballroom culture — which helped launch her into modeling.

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The ballroom scene … gave me a place for me to groom myself and gave me a place to have an original platform to do runway and face.

— Leyna Bloom

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Bloom wants her fans to know that everything she does is for the people who grew or are growing up like she did and fighting for their chance to shine.

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