Caitlyn Jenner has posted her first selfie, a big debut that will help in her bid to take home the honor of Social Media Queen.
The 65-year-old shared a picture of herself in the car, letting her long brunette hair hang down while a large pair of sunglasses covered her face.
Caitlyn Jenner may have a good reason for the selfie. She is up for the Social Media Queen award at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, August 16. She has to compete with social media powerhouses like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift, so it seemed wise that she learn to post selfies.
As the selfie showed, Caitlyn Jenner is becoming increasingly comfortable in her own skin. Since publicly making the transition to live as a woman this year, Caitlyn has opened up about the pressure she felt to live and act a certain way and how freeing it is now to live as herself.
In an interview for Vanity Fair‘s July, 2015, issue, Caitlyn said living as Bruce Jenner was often difficult.
“Underneath my suit I have a bra and panty hose and this and that and thinking to myself, They know nothing about me. I walk off the stage and I’d feel like a liar. And I would say, ‘F*ck, I can’t tell my story. There’s so much more to me than those 48 hours in the stadium, and I can’t talk about it.’ It was frustrating. You get mad at yourself…. Little did they know I was totally empty inside. Totally empty inside.”
But opening up has been a freeing experience, Caitlyn added.
“Honestly, since the Diane Sawyer piece every day it’s exciting to go to the mailbox, because I get letters every day from all of these people from all over the world. I’ve gotten a lot from trans women, telling their story, and how excited they were to see the Diane piece.”
While taking home the Social Media Queen award may be difficult, Caitlyn Jenner has already been honored in just the first few weeks since her “coming out” interview with Diane Sawyer. She was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPY Awards, and did so with plenty of confidence.
“Trans people deserve something vital: They deserve your respect,” Jenner said, as via NBC. “If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is, I can take it,” she said. “But for the thousands of kids out there, coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”
Caitlyn Jenner could have help if she wants to post any more selfies. Her Kardashian step-daughters are famous for their love of sharing self-shots on social media, and can likely offer a few pointers.
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