Bruce Jenner, whose transition from male to female was officially unveiled in April, reveals a new look and new identity on the cover of next month’s Vanity Fair under the banner headline “Call me Caitlyn.”
The 65-year-old Olympic champion was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and interviewed by Buzz Bissinger at her Malibu home and tells Bissinger, the “Friday Night Lights” author:
“This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. 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.”
The interview and photos from the 22-page cover feature, timed to coincide with the former athlete’s reality show, are the first since Jenner’s interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, an interview Jenner said would be the last as “Bruce.” Jenner chose not to reveal any more and chose to be called by masculine pronouns until the time was right.
Now, thanks to the magazine that will be on newsstands June 9, we have met Caitlyn Jenner.
Bissinger apologized for mixing up pronouns during the interview and Jenner responded: “I don’t really get hung up. A guy came in the other day and I was fully dressed — it’s just habit, I said, “Hi, Bruce here’ and I went, ‘Oh, [expletive], it ain’t Bruce. I was screwing up doing it.”
Caitlyn Jenner will have another big debut July 15 at the ESPYs, when the Olympian will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it,” Jenner tells Bissinger, “I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.’ ”
Jenner posted a “birth” announcement on Twitter, making the name change official.
Jenner underwent a 10-hour facial-feminization surgery in March and has not undergone genital surgery. In spite of all the attention that being part of the Kardashian family and having a reality show brings, Jenner isn’t doing this for attention.
“I’m not doing this to be interesting,” Jenner said. “I’m doing this to live.”
Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of programs, transgender media, issued a statement in response to Jenner’s story, saying:
“For a transgender person to step into the world as his or her authentic self is a moment of tremendous freedom. The world can now see what Caitlyn Jenner has always known, that she is — and always has been — a woman.”