Model and Activist Leyna Bloom and Kamala Harris Discuss the Power of Voting

The 2022 midterm election takes place today, Nov. 8.
Leyna Bloom (left) and Vice President Kamala Harris (right).

Leyna Bloom (left) and Vice President Kamala Harris (right).

SI Swimsuit Model Leyna Bloom is making moves. She visited the White House on Nov. 7 to speak about voting and the midterm election cycle with Vice President Kamala Harris.

The two power women posed for photographer Anna Cillan, and the actress shared the click on her Instagram.

“My conversation with the Vice President,” Bloom wrote. “Leyna: Sister you need our help to change the world and we will help you more than ever, but I need your help also to change the world.”

The speaker event was hosted in partnership with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Victory Fund, a super PAC focused on mobilizing AAPI eligible voters and getting them to the ballot box. The organization claims to build community around shared values of hard work, family and history.

“Kamala: We can do it together,” Bloom continued. “Leyna: Kamala my blasian Queen.”

Harris went on to quote her mother: “Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.”

Fellow SI Swimsuit model Olivia Ponton also visited Capitol Hill to use her platform to encourage voting.

“VOTING IS HOT,” she wrote to her 3.3 million IG followers. “I had the absolute honor of spending a few days in Washington, D.C. and meeting our President of the United States💙 In these couple of days I was thoroughly educated on what’s at stake for women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights. I was also educated on what we can do to ensure that what we do with our bodies is OUR choice.”

Fellow influencers Kathryn Wellington, Nia Sioux and Indiana Massara were photographed with President Joe Biden and are using their platforms to mobilize young voters as well.

Ponton also shared a video explaining what’s on the ballot in today’s election.

“For the LGBTQ+ community, there is so much at stake,” she said. Influencer Mattie Westbrouck explained that “over 70% of House Republicans voted against gay marriage.”

“And have introduced a nationwide ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill,” Ponton continued. Westbrouck added that casting a vote means choosing “progress over hate to protect trans kids.”

“And defend marriage equality for good,” Ponton finished.

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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.