Yesterday, the world finally met Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, to finally introduce her true self to the world. After months of speculation, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star made her dramatic debut in a stunning photo for the cover of Vanity Fair, shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The interview conducted by Buzz Bissinger to accompany the photos offered a rare glimpse into Catilyn and her hopes and dreams. In the interview, she was open, honest, and gave a first-hand look at someone who has struggled with their identity most of their life. Here are some highlights from Catilyn Jenner’s first interview.
On why she chose to make her debut with the cover shoot.
“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, okay. This is about your life.”
The former Bruce Jenner also opened up about having a panic attack after undergoing facial-feminization surgery.
“What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?… 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,’… ‘You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
After starring on the mega-reality hit Keeping Up With the Kardashians since its debut — plus getting ready to star in her very own reality show — Caitlyn addressed the rumors that this is all a stunt for ratings.
“I’m not doing it for money… I’m doing it to help my soul and help other people… You don’t go out and change your gender for a television show. O.K., it ain’t happening. I don’t care who you are.”
Her boss at E! backed up the fact that Cailtyn’s journey is real, and they are documenting it in order to help others who may also be struggling with their identity.
“We all love ratings,” Jeff Olde, E!’s head of programming, said. “But we understand the power and responsibility to be able to share this story… This is so far beyond television, on a personal level. If I get one thing right in my professional career, it will be this.”
You can read the entire interview with the former Bruce Jenner when the latest issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands on June 9.
[Image Courtesy: Vanity Fair]