2023 SI Swimsuit Model Leyna Bloom Dazzles in Black One-Piece in Dominica

The actress is featured in the publication for the third year in a row.
Leyna Bloom

Leyna Bloom.

Leyna Bloom traveled to Dominica for her third year with SI Swimsuit, where she worked with photographer Amanda Pratt. Although she made history as the first transgender model to land the magazine’s cover in 2021 after posing for Yu Tsai in Tampa, Fla., and returned to the publication last year after reuniting with the visual artist in Belize, we think this just might be her best year yet.

Bloom shared a stunning series of images from her ’23 feature Wednesday on Instagram, in which she donned a black one-piece swimsuit with silver rivet detailing by Norma Kamali.

“I’ve learned that [patience] leads to perfection. When we learn to master your mind and heart and listen to your soul you can control our destiny in powerful ways,” the model-actress mused in her caption. “Even if it’s just small steps in any direction they will lead us to beautiful experiences just remain positive and focused. Magical experiences will happen but only if you are open to them.”

During the magazine’s red carpet launch event in New York City last Thursday, Bloom told SI Swimsuit that she specifically requested working with a female photographer for this year’s photo shoot.

“I wanted to shoot with a woman from a woman’s point of view, and honestly, I looked at all [of Pratt’s] photos and I was like, yes, thank you,” Bloom said. Read more about the partnership here.

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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.