Chelsea Man­ning makes waves with Vogue swim­suit spread

Global Times - Weekend - - TRENDS -

Trans­gen­der sol­dier Chelsea Man­ning, the former Army in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst jailed for leak­ing troves of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to Wik­iLeaks, has turned heads by pos­ing in a red one-piece bathing suit for the Septem­ber is­sue of Vogue.

“Guess this is what free­dom looks like,” Man­ning said in so­cial me­dia posts that in­cluded a picture from the shoot with celebrity pho­togra- pher An­nie Lei­bovitz, show­ing Man­ning walk­ing on a beach, her hands in her wet hair.

“Chelsea Man­ning changed the course of his­tory. Now she’s fo­cus­ing on her­self,” says the head­line of the fash­ion mag­a­zine’s long-form in­ter­view with Man­ning, who has be­come an icon for trans­gen­der ac­tivists.

The photo and the ar­ti­cle gar­nered ma­jor at­ten­tion on so­cial me­dia since Au­gust 11, elic­it­ing com­ments both for and against Man­ning, who will turn 30 in De­cem­ber.

Man­ning was sen­tenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leak­ing more than 700,000 clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to Wik­iLeaks three years ear­lier, when she was known as Bradley.

She served seven years, and twice tried to take her own life last year alone, be­fore then­pres­i­dent Barack Obama com­muted her sen­tence just days be­fore he left of­fice in Jan­uary.

Man­ning was re­leased from Fort Leav­en­worth’s all-male prison in May.

Dur­ing her in­car­cer­a­tion, Man­ning bat­tled for – and won – the right to start hor­mone treat­ment. She now has cropped blonde hair and a de­cid­edly fem­i­nine look.

For some Amer­i­cans, she is a hero who paid dearly for leak­ing em­bar­rass­ing US diplo­matic ca­bles and clas­si­fied mil­i­tary doc­u­ments about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For oth­ers, she is a traitor.

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