Chelsea Manning is serving looks in her new, and first, editorial for Vogue.
Manning was released from prison earlier in the year, after being charged a 35-year-long sentence for leaking military documents to Wikileaks. After attempting to end her life and a hunger strike in prison, Manning was granted the right by the military to begin her transition.
Chelsea seems to be moving forward graciously, as highlighted in a gorgeous photo she posted from Vogue's September issue. Taken by Annie Leibovitz on the beach in a red Norma Kamali one-piece and minimal makeup, her caption reads, “Guess this is what freedom looks like."
In Vogue's profile on the whistleblower, she talks about fashion and how it helped her in prison—specifically Barneys’ 2014 trans campaign, shot by Bruce Weber. "That was a really important thing for me to see,” Manning said, admitting she missed seven years of style, but kept up with every season through magazines.
She also gushes about Marc Jacobs. "I’ve been a huge fan of Marc Jacobs for many, many years, even going back to when I was wearing men’s clothing,” she told Vogue. “He captures a kind of simplicity and a kind of beauty that I like—projecting strength through femininity.”