Leyna Bloom

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Leyna Bloom
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Other names Leyna Ramous
Occupation Fashion model
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown

Leyna Bloom, also known as Leyna Ramous, is an American fashion model, dancer, and transgender activist.[2][3][4]

Bloom grew up in Chicago, Illinois.[2][4] Her mother was a Filipina immigrant, and her father was an African American artist and activist.[5] Bloom's mother was deported when she was an infant; she was raised by her father.[5] Bloom knew from a young age that she was a woman, and her father was supportive of her gender transition.[6]

Bloom began dancing in the sixth grade. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.[5] At the age of 14, Bloom appeared with the American Ballet Theatre, sharing the stage with Misty Copeland.[4][7] She received a full dance scholarship to the Chicago Academy for the Arts, but dropped out because the men's scholarship did not allow her to dance as a woman.[4][6]

In 2014, Bloom appeared in a C☆NDY Magazine cover feature on prominent trans women.[8][9] Bloom was not open about being transgender before that photo shoot. She decided to come out as she felt liberated sharing a major magazine cover with 13 other trans women.[5][10]

As one of few openly transgender models working in the industry, Bloom made news for walking the runway for the Chromat label during New York Fashion Week in 2017.[11][12] The brand also featured other trans models, including Carmen Carrera.[2]

In October 2017, Bloom became the first openly transgender woman of color to appear in Vogue India. The captions on Bloom's photos in the magazine misidentified her as another trans model of color, Geena Rocero.[13]

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  1. ^ "Leyna Bloom represented by State Management New York". State Management New York. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Osenlund, R. Kurt (August 8, 2017). "Trans Model Leyna Bloom on Style Icons, Inspiring Followers & Trampling Rejection". Out. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Filipina Models who Slayed at NYFW". Hella Pinay. September 19, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Beauty is trans-formed on Logo's new web feature". The Gayly. September 7, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Show Up and Show Out: Leyna Bloom". Chromat. August 8, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "This trans woman has a message: 'When you accept us, you accept yourself'". BuzzFeed. Facebook. March 11, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ Ozemebhoya, Esiwahomi (July 17, 2017). "Beauty Leyna Bloom Poses in Married to the Mob's 2017 Summer Haul". Hypebae. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ Nichols, James (December 16, 2014). "Some Of The World's Most Famous Transgender Women Cover CANDY Magazine". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Friedman, Megan (December 17, 2014). "The Most Famous Transgender Women Have Their Own Magazine Cover: Yes!". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Made To Model: Leyna Bloom". Logo TV. September 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Transgender and plus-size models make this fashion's most diverse runway ever". Yahoo!. September 9, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ Tai, Cordelia (February 23, 2017). "Diversity Report: Landmark Gains at New York Fashion Week Fall 2017, but Is It Enough". The Fashion Spot. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ Lubitz, Rachel (October 13, 2017). "Model Leyna Bloom becomes the first out transgender model of color to be featured in 'Vogue' India". Mic.com. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 

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