Former male Olympic gold medalist, Bruce Jenner, is unrecognizable on the cover of Vanity Fair this month. The Olympian turned reality star took the cover under the new identity, Caitlyn Jenner and the world seems to love her.
Twitter exploded with support from the LGTB community this morning, along with many of Hollywood’s elite, all thanking Jenner for having the courage to come forward and thanking him for his support for the transgender cause. The July cover was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, showing a seductive and coy Caitlyn Jenner front and center.
The cover completes Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn and the American sports icon becomes a new icon for transgender men and women across the globe.
The fashion cover comes just as transgender rights, acceptance and (for some) introductions of the transgender culture are all beginning to become a talked-about topic across America. Jenner is no stranger to becoming a headline, if not for his long-standing Olympic records, he is also in the news quite often for his famous family.
While acceptance of the transgender community is far from mainstream here in America, the conversation has at least started, thanks for the most part like individual like Caitlyn. New series like Amazon’s “Transparent,” which stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light, show the hardships and obstacles that are still in place for transgendered individuals trying to find their identity and serve as a means of introduction to the transgender community for many individuals in rural America.
While treating case-by-case celebrity transitions like Caitlyn Jenner as “cover-shoot” moments may not be beneficial over the long-run, it’s important that mainstream icons remind younger individuals they are not alone. It’s important to remind ourselves that the goal should be that transitions should become so accepted that they are no longer news, but until then, it’s important to take important steps like these.