Leyna Bloom Is Bright and Beautiful in These 5 Bikinis in Belize

The three-time SI Swimsuit star traveled to Central America for the 2022 issue.
Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. 


Model and actress Leyna Bloom made history in 2021, when she landed the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue. Her rookie year, she became the first transgender woman to land on the front of the magazine in its history. She worked with photographer Yu Tsai in Tampa, Fla., for the groundbreaking occasion.

Bloom has returned to the fold each year since, and her work with the magazine has taken her to Belize and Dominica, where she reunited with Yu Tsai and worked with Amanda Pratt, respectively. 

In addition to her breathtaking collaborations with SI Swimsuit, the Chicago native has also worked with notable brands like LaQuan Smith, Hugo Boss, L’Oréal Paris and others.

“This is a huge opportunity, really on another level,” Bloom said of her cover girl moment in 2021. “Because I know it’s not just for me. It’s for all my communities—the Black girls, the Asian girls, the LGBTQ+ community—this is my moment, and I’m so proud of myself for that. But it’s also our moment, and we’re going to take it and keep stepping into our power.”

While each of Bloom’s three SI Swimsuit features thus far have been incredible, we often find ourselves drawn back to her 2022 feature in Belize, due to the vibrant swimsuits that really popped against the backdrop of the verdant surroundings in Central America.

Below are just a few of our favorite snapshots of the Port Authority star modeling bright and beautiful bikinis in Belize. 

Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. Swimsuit by Monday Swimwear. Necklaces by Cleopatra’s Bling.

Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. Swimsuit by Tropic of C. Earrings by H&M (Necklace is hers).

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Leyna Bloom was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. Swimsuit by Frankies Bikinis. Earrings by 8 Other Reasons. Necklace by Cleopatra’s Bling.

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Leyna Bloom was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize.. Swimsuit by Cia.Maritima provided by Zuzu Swim. Earrings by Ottoman Hands.

Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. Swimsuit by Navy Ray. Dress by Celia B. Earrings by 8 Other Reasons.

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.