Meet the New Caitlyn Jenner
So long Bruce…hello Caitlyn! The 65-year-old athlete, father and ex-husband to reality tv star Kris Jenner, made her debut as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of July’s issue of Vanity Fair magazine, which is already available online.
In April of this year, Jenner spoke to ABC’s Diane Sawyer about his/her transformation and becoming a woman. The two-hour interview drew nearly 17 million viewers.
On the Vanity Fair cover, Jenner is posed in a corset behind a headline that reads, “Call me Caitlyn.” The photograph, shot by Annie Leibovitz, instantly became a hit on social media as soon as the article became available online.
Jenner, who won a gold medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, has been in the public spotlight for more than forty years. The former Playgirl magazine pinup boy has published six personal growth and sports themed books that have done moderately well over the years and was, of course, a long-term cast-member in the Kardashian reality television empire.
Earlier this year, reports began to circulate that Jenner was in the latter stages of gender reassignment therapy. According to The New York Times, the Vanity Fair article represents the latest in a carefully calibrated series of public steps by Jenner and her team, as she moves toward the debut of a new reality show on the E! network that will begin at the end of July, and a new public life as a woman.
Immediately prior to the release of the Vanity Fair article, Jenner created a Twitter account under the alias Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner’s account accumulated over one million viewers in just four hours, surpassing President Barack Obama’s five hour record when he first joined Twitter back in May of this year. “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me,” Jenner tweeted.
The Vanity Fair article was written by Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize reporter and author of Friday Night Lights, a book based on a high school football team in Texas. The magazine was originally, set to run the story last year, but instead it was put aside until a publicist for Jenner called to schedule an interview with the editor in charge.
The article itself was closely-guarded secret, known only by a few members of Vanity Fair executive staff. It was saved on a computer inside a locked office and was not connected to the magazine’s main server. There was major security at the photo shoot, in addition to the plant where the magazine is currently printed.
According to NPR.org, Mr. Bissinger was assigned to write the piece because he has always had a fascination with clothing. Also, “he has had past experiences with cross-dressing himself,” states Editor in Chief of Vanity Fair magazine, Graydon Carter. Carter went on to say that Bissinger is a brilliant writer and that the magazine needed his creative skills for this particular article. During the preparation of the article, Bissinger spent hundreds of hours working alongside Jenner, calling it a “surreal” experience.
Jenner began the transition process from man to woman in the 1980s, soon after winning the gold medal at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. When she would travel or star in various commercials, she would often wear bras and pantyhose under her suits. Jenner stopped cross-dressing for a while because she had a fear of being ridiculed in public. Eventually, she started cross-dressing again soon after her marriage to Kris Jenner fell apart.
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life,’ ” Jenner told Bissinger, adding that Bruce Jenner was always lying, but, “Caitlyn can be honest.”
“Is she doing a TV show? Sure,” Mr. Bissinger said. “Is she doing it for money personally? Sure. This is America. But I saw a person transformed into a woman, who is joyous and happy and free and living life in a way that Bruce Jenner never did.”
In the meantime, Jenner’s family are completely supportive of her transformation from former Olympic athlete to glamorous dame. In fact, on popsugar.com, the website lists quotes from several members of the Kardashian clan who had only positive things to say about her makeover.
“We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn’t be prouder!!! Caitlyn, You are beautiful!!!”, declared Khloe Kardashian, daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, who passed away in 2003 from esophageal cancer.
“Be free now pretty bird,” Kendall Jenner wrote on her Twitter account.
“My angel on earth! #caitlyn,” Kylie Jenner tweeted from her Twitter page.
“Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair, photographed by Annie Leibovitz! How Beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!,” Kim Kardashian-West posted on her Twitter account.
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