Chelsea Manning slays in a red bathing suit for the September issue of ‘Vogue’

Holy beach babe!

It looks like Chelsea Manning is trading in her title as “whistleblower” for “cover girl.” The 29-year-old trans vet recently shared a photo of herself wearing a sexy red bathing suit on the beach to Instagram.

“Guess this is what freedom looks like,” she captioned the image.

The photo was taken by Annie Leibovitz from the September issue of Vogue.

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In the accompanying interview, Manning opens up to Vogue about always feeling different when she was growing up.

“I gravitated more toward playing house, but the teachers were always pushing me toward playing the more competitive games with the boys,” she says. “I spent so much time wondering, What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I fit in?”

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Sadly, not all the over 400 comments on Manning’s Instagram post have been so friendly.

We think she looks fabulous!

Check out the full photo…

h/t: Queerty