After such “a long struggle to be living my true self,” Caitlyn Jenner has finally made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Looking elegant, poise and most importantly comfortable in her own skin, the transgender women formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is now “free.”
In a behind-the-scenes video shoot, Caitlyn confessed: “Bruce always had to tell a lie, he was always living that lie… Every day he always had a secret, from morning till night, Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets.”
“As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
Social media has since gone into overdrive with thousands reaching out to welcome Caitlyn and show their support. The reaction from Jenner’s family has also been incredible, with all girls taking to Twitter and Instagram alike to celebrate the 65-year-old’s transformation. “Now that’s a cover,” tweeted daughter Kendall Jenner, before writing: “Be free pretty bird.”
The reality TV star’s family weren’t the only celebrities rallying behind her – Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham and Lance Bass were among many who used social media as a platform to applaud Jenner’s courageous cover. “Caitlyn, thank you for being a part of all of our lives and using your platform to change people’s minds,” tweeted Gaga, while Bass wrote: “Well HELLOOOOO Caitlyn Jenner!!! My wish is that everyone is able to live a happy life as their authentic self.”
Lena Dunham confessed via Twitter that she wanted Jenner to teach her to drive a stick shift in heels and took to Instagram to praise her figure. “The best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun (dying for that old school glamour waist to breast ratio),” she said.
Hailed as a “brave new voice” for women’s empowerment by Maria Shriver, Jenner’s coming of gender has also had a positive impact on the transgender community. “By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self,” Sarah Kate Ellis, head of advocacy group GLAAD told ABC News.
The former Olympian even managed to break a world record, becoming the fastest person to ever reach one million Twitter followers. “Another Jenner world record, and at 65? Who’da thought!” tweeted Caitlyn in response. “Humbled and honoured to have reached 1M followers in 4 hrs. Thank you for your support.”
In a tell-all interview with Dianne Sawyer recently, Caitlyn, who at the time was still officially Bruce, admitted that she had always felt feminine. “People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”
While the 65-year-old hasn’t had genital surgery, according to the Sydney Morning Herald she did undergo facial feminisation surgery, a process that took 10 hours. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she confessed: “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.'”