The Life & Times of Caitlyn Jenner
Since her transition, Caitlyn Jenner has been a media magnet known as the most famous openly-trans woman in the world. Thankfully, we’re going to cover Caitlyn Jenner and her incredible (and very public) transition. With this being said, here’s a look at the life and times of Caitlyn Jenner.
Call Me Caitlyn: Stepping Out
Being a widely-recognized public figure well before her transition, Jenner’s announcement took place in an episode of 20/20 with Diane Sawyer in 2015. Stating that she had dealt with gender dysphoria since her youth, she was proud to finally call herself a woman.
She initially started utilizing hormone replacement therapy and cross dressing decades prior to her 2015 announcement, but stopped when her romance became serious with Kris Kardashian in the 1990s.
The Transition Heard Round The World
Caitlyn press was (and still is) inescapable since her transition announcement. Her 20/20 special had 20.7 million viewers and her coming out Tweet was the”tenth most re-tweeted Tweet” by Time magazine in 2015. After she opened an official Twitter account, she eventually amassed over a million followers in four hours and three minutes. In doing so, she broke a Guinness world record for Twitter followers in a short time span – which was set by none other than President Barack Obama (who had over a million followers in four hours and fifty-two minutes).
Her show I Am Cait premiered to an audience of 2.7 million viewers and the show documents her transition and how it effects her loved ones. The show was up for “Outstanding Reality Program” at GLADD’s Media Awards in 2016 and tied for first place.
Putting her transition into living rooms and news stands throughout the world, it’s no surprise that Caitlyn is a heroine among the LGBT community. She received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards for “embracing the truth that she has hidden for years” and “educating others on the challenges that the trans community face regularly”.
In addition to winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, MAC Cosmetics worked with Jenner on a lipstick called “Finally Free” in 2016. All of the proceeds of the selling price went to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative, which works in support of transgender communities.
Being labeled “Social Media Queen” at the Teen Choice Awards in 2015, it’s safe to say that millions young and old were on board with her transition. She was listed as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year”, Time magazine’s “Person of the Year”, one of Google’s “Most Searched Celebrities”, and Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating Person” of 2015. The positive reception didn’t stop in 2016, as Caitlyn was listed in the Time 100.
Considering the information above, it’s safe to say that Caitlyn brought the world along for the ride during her transition. Leaving almost no gray areas for speculation in regards to her very public process, she showed the world the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin.