Leyna Bloom Gracefully Poses in a Tree for 2023 SI Swimsuit Photo Shoot in Dominica

The model was photographed by Amanda Pratt for this year’s issue.

Leyna Bloom was photographed by Amanda Pratt in Dominica. 

Leyna Bloom’s “office” is looking a little different. The three-time SI Swimsuit model, who made history as the first transgender woman to land the coveted cover during her debut year with the magazine in 2021, shared a gorgeous behind the scenes video from this year’s feature on Instagram.

The actress, activist and dancer, who is of Filipino and African-American descent, was photographed by Amanda Pratt in Dominica. In the clip, she climbed onto a dark gray tree that split off into two branches in the middle and posed gracefully and slowly for the camera.

“Just another day in the office,” Bloom captioned the June 1 video. The clip was set to the sound of Hiroshi Suzuki’s “Romance.” The Port Authority star wore a metallic extraterrestrial-inspired one-piece swimsuit from Norma Kamali paired with Alexis Bittar earrings and Eklexic Jewelry bracelets.

Bloom tagged hairstylists DJ Quintero and loc guru Steph. Her beachy, glowy glam was done by makeup artist Jodie Boland and all of the Chicago native’s looks on set were styled by Margot Zamet.

The short snippet first showed Bloom shifting positions and holding each one for a few seconds. The video camera then panned to everyone behind the scenes, including editor in chief MJ Day and other members of the SI Swimsuit team assisting while admiring the beauty of Dominica.

“I got to work with a female photographer this year. I felt so connected to Amanda,” Bloom told SI Swimsuit about the photographer during launch week events in Florida. “She is literally God-sent—the most amazing energy, we just vibed right away. It wasn’t a [typical] shoot. It felt like a bunch of girls taking beautiful photos together.”

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.