Show Up and Show Out: Leyna Bloom
Photos by Anastasia Garcia
Leyna Bloom is a force to be reckoned with.
Ever since she first stormed the runway at Chromat’s AW16: Mindfiles show, we knew we were in the company of a strong, unapologetic #ChromatBABE. Since that first catwalk, Leyna’s illuminating presence and incredible story has inspired us everyday. Read on to hear how she found her voice as a proud transgender woman, model and activist.
They make me proud to be Trans.
Leyna in the Deep Green Amelia Suit and Lookout Inflatable Parka
I remember seeing the focus in her eyes, I knew this woman would change the world of ballet and break barriers.
Growing up, there was no one like me in my everyday life. Trans people did not exist in public spaces. It’s imperative and my duty to help create this new world that we have a place in.
There are not many Afropinoys, let alone African people, in the media in the Philippines so it was also a moment to create a new lane and show a different type of beauty there.
I never get nervous. I show up and show out.
Makeup: Fatima Thomas, MAC