Page Six is told that Leyna Bloom — the first trans woman to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue — had a dicey moment at the launch party when one of her Louboutins got stuck in the top of an escalator, bringing the mechanical stairway grinding to a halt.
But we’re told that Bloom, who was headed out of the bash at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida on her way to an after-party, took it in her stride.
“She put on a pair of sneakers, went to the after-party and danced the night away,” said a source close to the model.
She was later photographed with a handler attempting to resuscitate her heel.
Meanwhile, another source told us that the cover-reveal celebration incongruously doubled as a sort of soft launch for Popeye’s new chicken nuggets — which became the real star of the party.
“Models were losing their s–t over these fried chicken nuggets. Olivia Culpo was shoving them in her mouth. Leyna was eating them. And Jasmine Sanders left with a bunch of sauces in her purse,” a spy told us.
But Megan Thee Stallion — who as Page Six first reported, this year became the first rapper to grace the annual issue’s cover — was “in and out” of the bash.
Model Camille Kostek hit the jackpot on the slot machines. “She won $2,000,” an insider said. She celebrated her win by breakdancing on the dance floor, naturally.
“Bachelor in Paradise” couple Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour were also there and we’re told Barbour did the worm as the models cheered him on.
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