Caitllyn Jenner will reveal herself on the July cover of Vanity Fair.
In interviews up until now, Jenner still invited the media to refer to her as “Bruce” and use male pronouns, referring to “Her,” the person she was not yet ready to introduce to the public. But the Vanity Fair story seems to bridge the gap of her transition toward living full time as her feminine self. In addition to the glamor shot, the cover features the quote, “Call me Caitlyn,” introducing her new preferred name to the public.
The accompanying article introducing the cover clarifies that Jenner is now identifying with female pronouns. On Twitter, Jenner’s handle is now @Caitlyn_Jenner. She writes, “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”
Despite months of tabloid speculation, the Diane Sawyer interview, confusion resulting from that interview, and a two-part Keeping Up With The Kardashians special about Jenner’s transition, the media was not instantly prepared to respect her identity. As trans activist Janet Mock was quick to point out, “Why are people so basic and still saying Bruce & he? The cover line LITERALLY says, ‘Call me Cailtyn.’”
In a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Vanity Fair shoot, Jenner explains, “Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day, he always had a secret, from morning till night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
E! is planning to air an eight-part docuseries about Jenner’s transition in July.