This morning Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, graced this month’s issue of Vanity Fair.
The photo by Annie Leibovitz portrays a sexualized image of Jenner that recalls comparisons to Playboy bunnies, Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford.
In an accompanying video Jenner said, “Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day he always had a secret from morning to night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out. I’m free.”
Jenner also launched a new twitter account under the handle @Caitlyn_Jenner and posted “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.”
What does the choice to go with Vanity Fair over a tabloid signify? And as the transgender community fights for civil rights and mainstream acceptance, will Jenner’s name and status open more eyes to the realities of transitioning? Or will it further sensationalize the transgender community?
Kevin Fallon, Entertainment Reporter, The Daily Beast and a former Red Carpet Reporter for US Weekly; “Is the Media Capable of Covering Bruce Jenner’s Transition With Respect?”
Shira Tarrant, Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, California State University, Long Beach