From Bruce to Caitlyn: Photos of Jenner Over the Years
Editor's Note: Bruce Jenner came out as "Caitlyn Jenner" in a Vanity Fair magazine cover story. He revealed his plans to transition into a woman in an exclusive interview on April 24 with Diane Sawyer. "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," Jenner told Sawyer.
This slideshow shows Bruce Jenner's transformation over the years from Olympian to a friend of Hollywood royalty to a member of the Kardashian family and finally, to the solo life where he's transitioned into a woman named Caitlyn.
But first, before we lap up the pictures, let's have a frank talk about what you are about to see.
We all know the tabloid world had been watching eagerly for years for signs that Jenner, 65, was transitioning into a woman. Look closely at the pictures in this gallery and perhaps you will spot signs that are relatively small (facelifts, a nose job or two, hair and nails grown long, a divorce and a surgically shaved Adam's apple). When added up, these small signs become a rather clear, bigger picture: Bruce Jenner wasbecoming a woman.
What was once an intrusive tabloid story suddenly morphed into the legitimate news in the winter of 2015 when Jenner's mother reportedly confirmed to that Bruce was transitioning from male to female. Although Bruce did not confirm this and refused interviews with media, the mainstream press, including , began covering the story in early February.
And then Jenner confirmed those rumors on April 24, telling Sawyer he has the soul of a woman, that he will remain "Dad" to his kids, but that from here on out, he is no longer Bruce Jenner, but "her." Pronouns, after all, are very important to the transgender community and Jenner was not yet ready to share a chosen new name.
And then, the bombshell — Bruce's coming out on the coveted cover of Vanity Fair magazine with a three-word headline, "Call Me Caitlyn." Perhaps as a final breaking off from the Kardashian family, Jenner chose a name that began not with a K, but with a C. Her story was reported by Buzz Bissinger with photos shot by the iconic Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibowitz.
The Jenner-Kardashians have never shied away from baring all for public consumption, and Bruce Jenner was the patriarch of the family (though he was overpowered by the clan matriarch, Kris Jenner).
We, the public, have lapped up every morsel the Kardashian-Jenners have thrown to us. We've watched them court, marry, divorce, abuse alcohol, retreat into rehab, struggle to lose weight, break into modeling, and get pregnant. We've gone on their vacations, into their delivery rooms — several of them — and we've even been invited into the intimate confines of a fertility doctor's office. Vaginal ultrasound on TV? No problem! Let's do two at once, thanks for the invite, Kim, and Khloe! And breaking news alert, on the day that Caitlyn's magazine cover was announced, it was also announced that Kim and Kanye were expecting their second child. Coincidence?
But wait. Stop. Silence the snickering. Turn down that Kanye album. Throw a blanket over the glitz and glitter. Sit down, please, and rest your Manolo-clad feet.
The mood has shifted. It's now respectful. The mainstream media has torn from your hands the tabloid with Jenner's feminized head morphed onto the body of a woman and replaced it with this headline: .
We are invited on a public journey like one we've never seen before. How many of us know a transgender person? Have we heard their stories? Listened to their struggles and celebrated with them their inevitable triumphs?
Now we get to.
Jenner told Sawyer he was making his transition public in an effort to help other transgender people for whom the world can be a very lonely place.
In honor of Jenner's brave transition, view photos of her life. You'll see her as a proud Olympian, a doting father, a golfer, a race car driver, and a husband. You will witness those small clues of her transition, the ones the tabloids exploited. You'll see her taped neck, her red fingernails. Moments meant to be private but that were captured by a paparazzi lens.
Jenner's brave journey is now public. She is simply becoming the person she was meant to be. As Jenner said herself,the person she is.
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