Today the world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner – formerly Bruce Jenner – on a stunning cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair.
It’s almost comical, seeing as just the night before, after months of struggling with fertility, Caitlyn’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian had made the big announcement that she was finally pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West.
You know, it’s like Caitlyn was having her own “Kanye moment,” so to speak. Except, of course that was not the case, as Kim even took to Twitter to celebrate the cover, writing: “Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz! How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!”
And this wasn’t just any magazine cover. This was certainly a lot bigger than any silly drama – not like the kind usually found on the family’s popular E! reality series.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
By sharing her journey with the world Caitlyn is making a huge difference for all transgender people, and working toward opening minds of those who may not have understood their struggle before.
She opened up about her inspiration, sharing: “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.’”
Caitlyn also created a Twitter account to mark the occasion, posting: “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.”
Within four hours the account had already amassed over 1 million followers, breaking the world record previously held by President Barack Obama. To this news, the former Olympian graciously responded: “Another Jenner world record, and at 65? Who’da thought! Humbled & honored to have reached 1M followers in 4 hrs. Thank you for your support.”
The TV personality, who posed in a gorgeous shoot styled by Annie Leibovitz, reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, has begun referring to “Bruce” in the past tense, sharing: “Every day, [Bruce] always had a secret.”
In a video interview published by Vanity Fair Caitlyn continued: “From morning till night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
In that spirit, Kendall shared one of the sweetest tweets following the cover’s revelation, posting: “be free now pretty bird.”
GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded to the powerful cover, saying: “By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self.”
be free now pretty bird.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) June 1, 2015
And on Monday ESPN also confirmed that Caitlyn would receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this year’s ESPY awards. Entertainment Weekly reported that in her first major public appearance, Caitlyn would attend the July 15th ceremony, and be joined by her family onstage to accept the award.
Speaking of her decision to go public, Caitlyn told Vanity Fair: “It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life.”
So thank you, Caitlyn. Way to be brave enough to live your most authentic life, and to pave the way for those who may have struggled in silence until now. You’re truly beautiful. What a day.
Until next time,