Chelsea Manning to appear on cover of Vogue magazine

Pvt. Chelsea Manning shows a portrait of her that she posted on her Instagram account. | AP

Chelsea Manning appears in the September issue of Vogue magazine, looking gorgeous and glowing in a red swimsuit on the beach with the wind in her hair and a smile on her face.

Manning was convicted on over 22 criminal counts for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, which then published the information about the US military and their strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Manning posted the photo on social media.

Rebecca Tallon-De Havilland is Ireland's first transgender person to have a full sex change.

Lawyers successfully advocated for her to undergo hormone therapy while in prison.

But she never came out as trans until after her arrest, when she told guards at the detention center. Today, she says she's learned, "it is OK to be who I am".

"I think it's important to remember that when somebody sees government wrongdoing-whether it's illegal or immoral or unethical-there isn't the means available to do something about it", Manning says.

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

Manning was just 22 when she shared the U.S. diplomatic correspondence, which included evidence of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, profiles of detainees at Guantanamo prison camp, and low-level battlefield reports. "It didn't feel right".

"I knew that I was different".

"Everyone keeps saying, 'You should have gone through the proper channels!" I couldn't describe it.

She also spoke about her time in prison, the psychological toll of which involved her making multiple suicide attempts and being shut away in solitary confinement. "But the proper channels don't work". I have these values that I can connect with: responsibility, compassion. "Unconditional love. It is OK to be who I am". The September 125 Anniversary Collector's Edition issue is out on national newsstands August 22.

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