Caitlyn Jenner opened up last night while at Glamour magazine’s 25th annual Women of the Year awards in Manhattan, New York. She gave a heartfelt speech about her struggles of coming out and how God helped see her through it.
People reports that Jenner, 66, who was recognized as The Trans Champion winner at the Glamour magazine awards, revealed that she would frequently have conversations with God prior to her transition of becoming a woman. The former Olympian also admitted that there were many times when she felt alone and isolated.
“My transition was very, very long. I had many, many, many years of isolation from the world, of lying to the world, of not being myself. I got to a few years ago; I was back out in Malibu in my home, all alone.”
The reality star wore a stunning floor-length blue dress that won her a “Best Dressed” award, but it was her acceptance speech that left a lasting impression, particularly when she opened up about her struggles to be herself. The audience sat silently listening as Jenner explained how gender has caused issues throughout the world.
“When it comes to gender, everyone in this room is on a journey. We are constantly learning, growing as human beings, learning about ourselves. But there’s a segment of this population that when it comes to gender, there is mass confusion deep down inside.”
Jenner admitted that she was extremely hurt in the past when walking through grocery store aisles and spotting herself on the cover of tabloids, especially when her children were with yer. Yet, her faith in God pulled her though.
“I sat down with my pastor, talked to him, about my issues. And yes, I had a lot of conversations with God. And I came to the conclusion that you know what, maybe this is why God put me on this earth.”
Although she went through hardships and rumors, Jenner explained that coming out and transitioning was the best thing she’s ever done. She said she had previously lost her zest for life and sat around in her house for six years, struggling, until she finally made the decision to be true to herself. After announcing she now enjoys being herself and going out, the crowd encouraged her with a loud applause and cheers.
Yahoo News reports that Jenner was among one of the many women who were honored at the Glamour magazine awards. Other honorees included actress Reese Witherspoon, designer Victoria Beckham, and dancer Misty Copeland.
Witherspoon, the co-founder of Pacific Standard, a production company that focuses on female leads in films, ended the awards ceremony with the final speech. She indicated that she believes in ambition and thinks women shouldn’t be ashamed of striving to be their best.
“I believe ambition is not a dirty word.”
The 39-year-old Legally Blonde actress also stated that she believes in giving more leads to women, but “not the wife or the girlfriend, but the lead.”
Meanwhile, Jenner spoke with Out magazine after the awards ceremony and admitted that she cried a bit after legally changing her name from Bruce to Caitlyn.
“I actually cried a little bit about it. I was on the golf course, off playing by myself. It was very exciting, but such a head trip.”
Yet, despite the adversity and difficulties, Caitlyn Jenner is finally at a place in her life where she is at peace with herself.
“I feel like I have a place in life.”
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