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By Stewart Perrie
Model Leyna Bloom has become the first trans woman to grace the front cover of Sports Illustrated.
The legendary magazine front spot has been a Holy Grail for models all over the world and it's a lengthy process to even be considered.
That's why Ms Bloom is 'humbled' to be chosen and hopes it opens up new possibilities for other trans women.
She wrote on Instagram: "I have dreamt a million beautiful dreams, but for girls like me, most dreams are just fanciful hopes in a world that often erases and omits our history and even existence.
"This moment is so powerful because it allows me to live forever even after my physical form is gone.
"Not a lot of people get to live in the future, so at this moment, I'm proudly choosing to live forever."
She thanked Sports Illustrated for recognising the importance of exposure and visibility when it comes to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Leyna said trans women the world over can now aspire to be on illustrious magazine covers wearing nothing but a bikini and stand proud.
"I dedicate this cover to all ballroom femme queens past, present and future," she added in her post.
"This historical moment is important to #girlslikeus because it allows us to live and be seen.
"Many girls like us don't have the chance to live our dreams, or to live long at all. I hope my cover empowers those, who are struggling to be seen, feel valued. Let me be a messenger guiding us to a future of respect and appreciation for all women in all forms and from all walks of life.
"I truly believe everything we do and everyone we meet are put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents.
"We're all teachers and if you are willing to pay attention to the lessons, trust your positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks, the possibilities are infinite!"
The post on Instagram has been praised by Leyna's followers who are absolutely stoked to see her on the front cover.
One fan said they had 'never been more in awe of someone', while another said this moment had made them 'so proud'.
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