“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. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.” -- Caitlyn Jenner, “Call Me Caitlyn,” Vanity Fair
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner of ‘76 Olympic fame and reluctant Kardashian-clan stardom, is making media waves with her Vanity Fair exclusive, which hits newsstands June 9.
It’s no secret that Jenner’s transition from man to woman has been high profile and controversial; in fact, if you know nothing at all about Jenner or the Kardashians it’s likely you’ve still heard about it.
In a 22-page article titled, “Call Me Caitlyn," Jenner bares more than a freshly finished face and transformed body. Posing for celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, Jenner smolders with confidence and allure reminiscent of an Old Hollywood screen siren. Here, we see a person who’s finally found their true self, and it’s undeniably inspiring.
Sure, she’s gorgeous and yes, it’s definitely different from the everyday reporting we get from CNN and Fox, but while we’re all wrapped up in the physical transformation Jenner has undergone, what we should really take note of is her bravery.
And not just hers, but the bravery of every person in the trans community who fights to feel “normal” and accepted every moment that they’re alive.
Yes, the piece covers Jenner’s struggles as an absentee father to her oldest children, and discloses some thought-provoking details about her transition experience (she suffered a panic attack following a 10-hour facial feminization procedure meant to last half that time, prompting her to doubt whether she should have undergone surgery in the first place,) but Jenner’s coming out should not be regarded as a titilating piece of pulp—it is one facet of a very human experience that many people face.
Regardless of your position on the matter, you have to applaud Caitlyn’s courage, and thankfully for the trans community, she is opening a controversial topic for discussion in mainstream media.
Caitlyn choosing to live as Caitlyn and not as Bruce—despite being 65 years old and a prominent public figure—is a choice only in the sense that she chose to make it known to the world. It’s none of our business, but it does offer a simple reminder that being ourselves is enough, and that we don’t have to answer to anyone for that.
I’d say “welcome to the world, Caitlyn,” but she’s been there all along, waiting to make her debut in fabulous fashion with more balls than Bruce ever had.