A year before Jenner sat down with Sawyer, actress Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to grace the cover of Time Magazine. The beautiful photo forced us to relate to the “Orange Is the New Black” star on her terms. Today, it is Jenner’s turn.
Last November, Paper magazine tried to “break the Internet” by featuring the ample posterior of Jenner’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian. Today, I hope Jenner breaks the Internet as the Vanity Fair cover ricochets across the globe. After all the magazine covers that featured the former athlete, once lauded as the “world’s greatest athlete,” the Leibovitz photograph will be the most meaningful. Looking directly at the camera, Jenner is finally herself for the first time publicly.
May it give countless transgender people struggling with their own truth the courage to no longer remain silent. May it start to give all of us the understanding needed to ensure their voices are heard.
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