After undergoing hours of facial-feminization surgery, breast augmentation and hormone therapy, Bruce Jenner has revealed a new identity and name in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, which shows a large photo of Jenner as a woman with the caption “Call Me Caitlyn.”
The one-time Olympic gold medalist poses on the cover in a one-piece corseted lingerie outfit.
A video that accompanies the cover online shows Jenner being photographed for the magazine, saying: “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."
The photos that accompany the story show Jenner in two long gold gowns, a long off-the-shoulder mermaid dress, a lace corset, a tight long sleeve V-neck dress and a red long sleeve dress. In the images, Jenner poses on a couch, in a makeup chair, in the car and in front of a large window.
The reality star told the mag: "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."
Jenner, 65, says in the video that the cover shoot will change everything.
“As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 1, 2015
The Vanity Fair cover story says that as of March, Jenner had not had gender reassignment surgery. The article notes that most doctors advise not to get that surgery for at least a year after a transition.
The article reveals Jenner had transitioned into Caitlyn by the time the memorable Diane Sawyer interview aired back in April. Still, Jenner told the magazine using a new name doesn't always come naturally.
“A guy came in the other day and I was fully dressed—it’s just habit, I said ‘Hi, Bruce here,’ and I went, Oh f--k, it ain’t Bruce, I was screwing up doing it.”
The reality star has a public appearance planned for July 15 at ESPN’s ESPYs in Los Angeles during which Jenner will be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Ten Kardashian and Jenner children are scheduled to be present for the event.
Still, the Jenner side of the family will not participate in the upcoming E! series about Jenner’s transition. But they maintain that they are extremely supportive.
Oldest son Burt Jenner, 36, told Vanity Fair: “I have high hopes that Caitlyn is a better person than Bruce. I’m very much looking forward to that.”
The Vanity Fair story reveals that shortly after Jenner’s facial surgeries, the former decathlon champ experienced a moment of sheer panic thinking, “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?”
A counselor from the Los Angeles Gender Center went to Jenner’s home to help. The counselor explained it’s common for people to have those types of reactions following a transition surgery, and the emotions are often brought on by the strong pain medications.
The article also reveals when news first hit the web that Jenner had a tracheal shave, the star contemplated suicide.
The iconic athlete clarified that Bruce Jenner's sexual preference had always been for women, but as Caitlyn Jenner, the star is unsure of what sexual preferences lie ahead. Regardless, Jenner said it is a low-priority.
“If you have a list of 10 reasons to transition, sex would be number 10.”
Almost as soon as Vanity Fair's cover was published online, a verified Twitter account emerged for Caitlyn Jenner that is quickly approaching 1 million followers.
The description for the account reads: "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."
Khloe Kardashian quickly tweeted her support upon the release of the cover.
We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn,… https://t.co/Ho5O6swM0V
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) June 1, 2015
Kendall Jenner also shared the cover, writing, "Now that's a cover. Be free now pretty bird."