Meet The Model Who Wants To Be Victoria’s Secret’s First Transgender Angel

And she's drafted a Twitter army to help her.

Leyna Bloom is hoping to change the way the underwear industry views trans women: Over the weekend the 27-year-old model, who has appeared on the cover of Vogue India, took to Twitter to share her desire to be Victoria’s Secret’s first transgender Angel.

With more than 100,000 likes and 31,000 retweets, she isn’t the only one that supports the idea.

Bloom’s been modeling professionally since 2014, but being a Victoria’s Secret model has always been a dream of hers. She’s not alone: Back in 2013, a petition by fans of Carmen Carrera to make the RuPaul’s Drag Race star the company’s first trans Angel received more than 35,000 signatures.

This time around, though, Bloom is the one putting her name out there.

“I’m doing this for the people,’ Leyna told i-D. ’When I get a chance to walk that show, I’m representing that underdog, that dreamer.’

The campaigns to get Carrera and Bloom on the VS runway utilized social media in a new way—putting direct pressure on a company to increase opportunities for a marginalized minority. And selecting Bloom, a trans woman of color, as an Angel also address criticism of Victoria’s Secret lack of racial diversity.

Technology is quickly changing how those with a platform are able to see their dreams realized. Here’s hoping Bloom gets to be the change she wants to see.

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