After weeks of guarded and sparse video teasers courtesy of the puppet masters over at ABC News; on April 24th—with bated breath, we collectively sat down to finally view the Diane Sawyer/Bruce Jenner tell-all interview.
First of all, it must be said—that I found it incredibly brave on Bruce Jenner’s part to sit down and candidly divulge about his ongoing transition towards becoming female.
Brave. Honest. Transformative. Yes, Bruce Jenner’s interview was all those things. But, most of all it was HUMAN. Painfully…HUMAN.
Shrouded in secrecy until air time, many were bracing themselves for some sort of lampooned, lispy, Rip Taylor confetti display.
‘Would his voice be different? Would he be wearing a dress?!’
What people got to see was an ex athlete, an ex-husband, and most prominently, a conflicted and caring parent. A man who admitted to being born in the wrong body. Someone who has always had the brain and heart of a woman.
And while Jenner is certainly not the first person in the media to proclaim himself transgender, his proclamation was the most significant in terms of mainstream understanding and acceptance.
We talk about a Tipping Point? Jenner’s sit down, was the quintessential ‘Olympic Win‘ for the transgender community. His presence, shakes up the pervasive bouquet of clichés that this has anything to do with confused sexuality.
This is about gender identity.
While Laverne Cox’s Time cover was nothing to shake a stick at—Jenner’s added presence—-his compelling admission that he had been living a lie since he was a little boy, feels like the proverbial cherry-on-top towards acceptance. Jenner being the universal shoe-horn if you will, coaxing us to walk in another persons shoes, sans judgement.
The Jenner Effect
Cases in point; just one day after Jenner’s interview, on April 25th at the White House Correspondents Dinner, this uhhhhhh-mazing X’s infinity photo of Laverne Cox with the President and the First Lady was snapped.
It’s so darn progressive I don’t even know what to do with myself!!?!
…And model Andreja Pejic makes history as the first transgender model to be featured in the pages of Vogue‘s May issue. The full interview is here
While the wheels have been in motion for the Vogue shoot for many month’s—the timing feels apropos in the wake of the Jenner interview and subsequent sea change. Pejic also just announced that she will be the new face of Make Up Forever cosmetics. PROGRESS!
…And lastly tween transgender and LGBTQ rights advocate Jazz Jennings announced in March a deal to appear in Clean & Clear’s “See the Real Me” campaign.
The 14-year-old has been in the public eye ever since she appeared on “‘I’m a Girl’ — Understanding Transgender Children” an interview with Barbara Walters in 2007. Jennings has agreed to star in a 11-part reality show with TLC TV to air this summer called All That Jazz. Incidentally, Jennings also wrote the foreword for Laverne Cox’s Time Magazine Transgender Icon of the Year piece.
The latest from the Jenner camp is that he feels “a huge weight off his shoulders” post interview, and is happier and more confident than ever!
…You see, just because there wasn’t any confetti, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a celebration!
Stay true to the authentic you,
*I have referred to Jenner as ‘he’ above for context only, and acknowledge the ‘she’ is now going by a new name post sit down, and it’s being kept private from the public for now. I wish her all the success in the world!
*Update* The most anticipated cover of the summer; introducing Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair’s July issue!
At first glance I didn’t know how to react. If I’m being honest here, my first instinct was that with “her financial resources” I thought she would look better. But that was a quick-to-judge reflex as A) it’s really inconsequential + not helpful as to ‘how pretty she does or doesn’t look’ and B) upon further introspection with all the photos I think she looks incredible!
In some shots very reminiscent of Jessica Lange as she looks today, some Rene Russo Hair with a Knock Out/Killer figure! She really does look phenomenal, but not all those in transition can look as convincing, which is what stands between the haves and have nots I suppose. While Caitlyn Jenner looks absolutely elegant and beautiful, it’s truly how she feels on the inside is what makes her a real woman, not how well she can physically transition.