The duo crossed paths on the red carpet at Bloomingdale’s 150 x BAZAAR ICONS Party.
Ashley Graham and Leyna Bloom have both been inspiring change beyond the modeling and fashion industry for years. The duo crossed paths on the red carpet at Bloomingdale’s 150 x BAZAAR ICONS Party in New York City at Bloomingdale’s 59th street flagship store. Bloom posted a heartfelt photo of the pair on her IG feed after the party.
Speaking to the powerful moment, Bloom captioned the post, writing directly to Graham. “Yes ma’am, @ashleygraham it’s important I post these images, they are my favorite photos from the @harpersbazaarus x @bloomingdales event. That delicate exchange of powerful little words we shared was really the highlight of my evening. I’m so happy @si_swimsuit has acknowledged both of us, as we had the rarest but most glorious opportunity to grace there cover for TRUE change 🙏🏽 especially in a time when the world needs it so importantly and VERY immediately,” she wrote.
Bloom continued to share her admiration for Graham saying her work is “a quality depiction that gives people strength.”
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Graham, who appeared on the cover of SI Swimsuit in 2016 has emerged as a leading voice for body positivity and inclusion. She authored the book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like and appeared as a judge on America’s Next Top Model helping to inspire a new generation of models to follow in her footsteps.
Bloom appeared on the cover of SI Swimsuit in 2021 as the first transgender woman of color ever to do so. SI Swimsuit veteran Tyra Banks described her as a “beacon that demands respect for the trans community.” Bloom has been advocating for more representation for the trans community and people of color in the media ever since she stepped into the spotlight.
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