Vanity Fair revealed their July 2015 cover issue yesterday starring former Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner. In the 22-page cover feature Jenner speaks movingly about her journey saying: If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, "You just blew your entire life."
Last month Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer of ABC to reveal that he had the “soul of a female”. Now that the 65-year-old former Olympian is on the cover of Vanity Fair, as a female, she is now free. Jenner's daughter Kendall posted a video of some behind-the-scenes footage of the Vanity Fair shoot with a voiceover of Jenner saying, "As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free." On hearing the news the internet went mad with the #CallMeCaitlyn hashtag trending on Twitter.
Jenner also started her own twitter account and within 4 hours and 3 minutes from her first tweet she reached 1 million followers! A world record that even president Obama couldn't beat - it took him 5 hours to gain a million followers.
One of Jenner's stepdaughters, Khloe Kardashian, showed her support on Instagram: "We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn, You are beautiful!!!"
How did the Jenner children react? Basically, very well - the issue has in fact become a non-issue. They were already aware of their father’s identity as a woman when he told them individually. Burt and Cassandra were told by their mother 20 years earlier (when they were 13 and 11); Brandon had assumed it because of the obvious physical changes; and Brody was told by his mother when he was 29. They all still see their dad as their dad regardless of any gender label. Brandon said he was a bit surprised when he saw Caitlyn for the first time after surgery and she pulled her top up to reveal her new breasts. “Whoa, I’m still your son,” he reminded her.
ESPN says Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Award at its 2015 ESPYS awards show on July 15 in Los Angeles. According to the ESPYS' site, "Recipients reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost."
The family's reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, will air an eight-part series about Jenner's transition starting July 26.
The Guardian had an interesting take on this whole issue in an article entitled “Do you applaud Caitlyn Jenner because she's brave, or because she's pretty?” The article then went on to discuss the fact that if we accept Jenner because she fits our understanding of the gender binary, then we’re celebrating not just her transition but her economic privilege. For sure, Jenner spent an awful lot of money to look as good as she does and other trans women just don’t have that kind of money.
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