Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair: ‘Call me Caitlyn’

HANDOUT: Caitlyn Jenner on the Cover of Vanity Fair. Bruce Jenner says goodbye. ... Introducing Caitlyn Jenner, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. (Courtesy of Vanity Fair)

Of all the questions swirling around Caitlyn Jenner’s announcement that she is transgender, the biggest was perhaps the simplest: What would the former Olympian and reality TV dad, who the country for decades knew as Bruce, look like once she transitioned?

The answer, as revealed on the July cover of Vanity Fair: A little bit like Jessica Lange, or perhaps Janice Dickinson.

When Jenner, who has now requested that she be called Caitlyn, sat for a televised interview with Diane Sawyer and came out as transgender, she asked that Sawyer call her Bruce and use male pronouns.

Jenner introduced her new name and look in an interview with “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger. Vanity Fair introduced Caitlyn Jenner to the world in a white satin merry widow with minimalist makeup, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

“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,'” she told Bissinger.

Jenner, 65, debuted a new Twitter handle with the cover and quickly amassed more than 150,000 followers less than an hour after publishing her first tweet.

The interior photos of Jenner are the stuff of old Hollywood glamour that Vanity Fair does so well. There’s a picture of Jenner with her back to the camera. She’s wearing a floor-length gold sequin Badgley Mischka gown with a cowl back, and she appears to be gazing out of the sliding doors of her new Malibu home, revealed in Sunday night’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” In another, she’s in a black, floor-length, off-the-shoulder Zac Posen number facing away from Leibovitz in a three-quarter turn, surrounded by a rack of gowns and high-heeled sandals.

The cover story offered Jenner the opportunity to showcase herself in a variety of looks: she lounges on a couch, one foot tucked under her leg, in a form-fitting, black, long-sleeved Hervé Leger top and skirt, a dame who wouldn’t look out of place at an all-girl brunch with Kris Jenner. The neckline is unzipped in a deep V, and her curled brown hair is pulled back in a dramatic ponytail, a giant Vhernier cocktail ring hanging off her pinky.

In another, she’s pure Hollywood hellcat, seated in a black and red sports car in another long-sleeve bodycon dress, though this one is bright red, and she’s wearing leopard-print sunglasses. A mysterious half-smile dances at her lips, also bright red. She looks daring and confident.

The magazine has published behind-the-scenes video of Jenner’s photo shoot. “I was probably at the [Olympic] Games because I was running away from a lot of things … very, very proud of the accomplishment,” Jenner said. “I don’t want to diminish that accomplishment. The last few days and doing this shoot, was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not the fanfare. It’s not about people cheering in the stadium. It’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you a ‘thatta boy Bruce’ pat on the back, okay? This is about your life.”

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As Bruce Jenner transitions to Caitlyn, here's a look back on the athlete and reality TV star's life in the spotlight. (Nicki DeMarco, Thomas Johnson and Emily Yahr/The Washington Post)