Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka and Leyna Bloom were just announced the 2021 swimsuit cover models. The three legends were photographed separately in locations across the U.S. from Florida to California. Their covers are historic due to all three being black women from three different areas of entertainment. Meg Thee Stallion is the first female rapper on the cover, Naomi Osaka is the first Haitian and Japanese woman on the cover and Leyna Bloom is the first transgender woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine.
Each one an activist in their community, and each one encouraging women and everyone else to be their authentic selves.
“Among the many things we’ve learned over the past 18 months is how much we value being a part of a community and how much we miss that interaction when it’s taken away,” Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor-in-chief MJ Day said.
“This issue represents the culmination of our powerful community coming together during these trying times to make history.”
Meg Thee Stallion
Through her sexy-positive music videos and subtle political commentary, Meg Thee Stallion is a hot girl idol for young girls who are looking to feel comfortable in their own bodies. As women, we should feel free to love ourselves, love our bodies and not have to worry about being oversexualized or invalidated for our beauty.
She shared on her Instagram story the day of the cover release and shared how she truly manifested this accomplishment. In a previous music video screenshot, Meg made a poster with her on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in a pink bikini. Even earlier than fame, Meg shared beach pics from her teen years and revealed that she was posing as if she was already on the cover at the age of 16.
Thee Stallion has won three grammys and is heavily awarded for her lyrics and music videos. She is an inspiration to women everywhere as a college student thriving in the limelight. She is in her bag, and in class. Can’t beat that.
Many people know Osaka for her win against the legendary Serena Williams on the tennis court. Osaka recently won best female athlete at the 2021 ESPY Awards after speaking out about mental health. Osaka has lived and trained in the United States since age three. She has seven career titles and was the highest ranked player in 2019 at number one. Her career record in terms of games won vs. games lost is 246–136 (64.4%). Next to Williams, she is the hardest Black female tennis player in the game right now.
Bloom is always encouraging people to stay true to themselves as she has stayed true to her identity. According to Insider, Leyna Bloom’s modeling career began at the same time she came out as trans. It was 2014, and she graced a Candy magazine cover highlighting trans women. Since then, she’s walked in 2017’s New York Fashion Week — the first time the event welcomed such diversity.
Her second film was shot in Oklahoma titled “Asking for it “ and it went to the Tribeca film festival this summer. She shot this film in 2019 right before the pandemic for our state.
“I got a chance to work with some powerful people,” Bloom wrote on her instagram. ”Thank you to the director @eamonorourke for offering me the role as Jett the gunslinger. I’m so excited to share this next chapter with all of you.”
For more information about these beautiful black goddesses, you can follow them on all social media platforms under their first and last names.