Leyna Bloom Shares Jaw-Dropping Throwback of SI Swim Photo Shoot in Belize

The three-time brand star traveled to Central America for her 2022 magazine feature.
Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom.

After landing the cover of the 2021 SI Swimsuit as a rookie, Leyna Bloom returned to the fold in ’22, when she traveled to Belize. The Chicago native just shared a throwback to the set of her second (of three) brand features on Instagram, and it has us inspired to take a trip down memory lane.

In the Feb. 23 reel, Bloom seamlessly transitioned her clip from showing off her stunning face card indoors to being on set in a Barbiecore hot pink one-piece on the beach. She panned the camera down her body before sticking out her tongue for the camera. The footage then cut to Bloom in action, modeling the hot pink OYE Swimwear one-piece in front of a palm tree as she nailed each and every pose. She set the clip to “Praise Jah in the Moonlight” by G Marley.

When Bloom earned the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue the year prior, she became the first transgender model in the brand’s history to do so.

“This is a huge opportunity, really on another level,” Bloom stated of her cover girl moment in the spotlight. “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.”

Check out Bloom’s complete 2022 SI Swimsuit photo shoot in Belize, photographed by Yu Tsai, here.

Cara O’Bleness


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.