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Goodbye Bruce, Hello Caitlyn Jenner!

Caitlyn Jenner Living Her True Self

“Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free!” Caitlyn Jenner said in a video promoting the Vanity Fair issue.

Yesterday, June 1, 2015, Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympics gold medalist Bruce Jenner and patriarch of the Kardashian Family, made her first public appearance as a woman on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair that included the caption “Call me Caitlyn”. Shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, Caitlyn sits against a metallic background clad in an ivory-white single-piece bathing suit. Her stunning debut broke the Internet. It was the trending topic on various social media sites including Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. It did not take long for people to say Caitlyn Jenner has a striking resemblance to legendary Hollywood actress Jessica Lange.

Jessica herself responded to all the comparisons, telling The Daily Beast on Monday — after the outlet explained to her what “trending” on Twitter means and why she’s being mentioned — “That’s so wonderful. Well, now I’m going to have to look for that picture.”

Socialite Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn’s stepdaughter, also opened up about Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover, which has taken the world by storm.

“It was so beautiful,” she said, smiling. “I actually went to the shoot, and that was my first time meeting Caitlyn. She’s beautiful, and I’m so proud that she can just be her authentic self. I guess that’s what life is about.”

On her new Twitter handle, @Caitlyn_Jenner, she tweeted, “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.”

Caitlyn Jenner amassed over one million Twitter followers in just over four hours, setting a new Guinness World Record and surpassing President Barack Obama, who had, a month prior, did the same feat in four and a half hours.

Coming Out

Caitlyn Jenner publicly announced her transition to womanhood in an emotional televised interview with Diane Sawyer back in April of 2015, which had 20.7 million viewers, making it television’s “highest-ever rated newsmagazine telecast among adults 18–49 and adults 25–54.” In the interview, Caitlyn revealed that had dealt with gender dysphoria since her youth, and that, for all intents and purposes, she’s a woman.”

Caitlyn Jenner cross-dressed for many years and began physically transitioning in the 1980s with hormone replacement therapy, but quit after meeting Kris Kardashian in the early 1990s. Her transition is also the subject of an eight-part documentary series that will premiere in July 2015. While she has undergone some cosmetic surgery as part of transitioning, she has not ruled out gender reassignment surgery and feels life as a woman is primarily a matter of mental state and lifestyle. She said she has never been attracted to men and had exclusively been attracted to women before her transition, but currently identifies as asexual.

Caitlyn Jenner seen as champion of transgender movement

Many transgender advocates cheered the startling Vanity Fair cover of Caitlyn Jenner as another step forward in bringing awareness to transgender people and their issues. Caitlyn Jenner’s celebrity is giving transgenders more media coverage than ever before.

“We are having a larger national conversation about transgender issues, and by Caitlyn choosing to tell her story, she’s adding to that conversation,” Nick Adams, a spokesman for GLADD, who is also transgender said. “It is allowing Americans to feel like they know someone who is transgender and hopefully bringing a greater understanding about what it means to be a transgender person.”

Caitlyn Jenner will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 2015 ESPY Awards in July 2015. She was given the award because “she has shown the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years, and to embark on a journey that may not only give comfort to those facing similar circumstances, but can also help to educate people on the challenges that the transgender community faces.”

By Shamarie, 2nd Jun 2015

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