Sports Illustrated Makes History With Cover Stars Naomi Osaka, Megan Thee Stallion & Leyna Bloom

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The wins keep coming in for Black women, as tennis star Naomi Osaka, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and transgender model/actress Leyna Bloom all appear on covers for Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Swimsuit Issue.

With the theme of “Opening Eyes, Speaking Truths and Changing Minds,” this marks a history-making moment in the culture—and one not lost on the devastatingly gorgeous collective of superstars.

For their covers, Osaka struck a pose in a one-shoulder, leather and sheer piece, while Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion slipped into a tan two-piece bikini—proclaiming a “Real Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Cover Model S—” via Instagram. Bloom, who is the first transgender model to grace the sports entertainment mag, she wore a one piece with a plunging neckline.

The long-time aspiring model also dedicated the achievement to “all ballroom femme queens past, present and future.”

Hot Girl Meg is also the first rapper and Grammy winner to be featured on SI’s cover as well.

“I am so happy, honored and humbled to share that I’m the [first] transwoman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated!” she wrote on Instagram July 19. “I have dreamt a million beautiful dreams, but for girls like me, most dreams are just fanciful hopes in a world that often erases and omits our history and even existence.”

“This moment is so powerful because it allows me to live forever even after my physical form is gone,” she added. “Not a lot of people get to live in the future, so at this moment, I’m proudly choosing to live forever.”

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Megan echoed similar statements, posting to her IG the following, “I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover, DREAM COME TRUE!!”

Among those who are also featured within the coveted swimsuit issue are actress Olivia Culpo (Venus as a Boy), model Camille Kostek, and singer-songwriter Tinashe.

The issue will be available on all newsstands July 22.

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