US army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning has been photographed by Annie Leibowitz for September’s issue of Vogue, posing in a red beach suit.
Manning posted an image on her Instagram account with the words “This is what freedom looks like!”
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013, for leaking thousands of sensitive and classified US government and military documents to WikiLeaks.
She came out as transgender the day following her sentence.
In one of the last acts of his presidency Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
In an interview with magazine, Manning accepts full responsibility for her decisions and actions.
“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,” she said.
“Everyone keeps saying, you should have gone through the proper channels! But the proper channels don’t work.”
Speaking of her childhood, she said: “I knew that I was different. I gravitated more toward playing house, but the teachers were always pushing me toward playing the more competitive games with the boys.
“I spent so much time wondering, what’s wrong with me? Why can’t I fit in?”
Manning is currently working on her memoirs, and has also suggested that she might consider a career in politics.