Iconic underwear brand Victoria’s Secret debuted their runway show in 1993, over 23 years ago and a lot has changed since then. Including, leading campaigns that are more inclusive in the world of fashion. However, VS has famously struggled with casting models who are women of color and more recently, trans. Trans model and activist, Leyna Bloom wants to change this by becoming the brand’s first trans WOC to ever walk the iconic Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway.
Don was my editor before they became my friend. Logistically speaking, they were the parent that got me to turn my homework in on time so they could published my music essays and reviews. Don was always super fun to talk about music with, and like anything enjoyable, our conversations spilled into other portions of our lives. Over the course of the past couple of years, I have had the honor and luxury of watching Don evolve into the person they were always destined to be. In this essay they published on their blog, they explore their relationship with anxiety and self acceptance in a time where one can easily escape into a separate universe instead of coming to terms with their truth.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.