Bruce Jenner’s transition is complete.
“Call me Caitlyn,” declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool. Inside, more images by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz show Caitlyn in gold lame, a black bustier and a cleavage-baring, off-the-shoulder gown.
She also debuted a new Twitter handle, saying, “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.” The account broke a record for fastest time to reach 1 million followers, besting President Barack Obama’s new @POTUS handle with a mark of 4 hours and 3 minutes, according to Guinness World Records.
In the Vanity Fair article, Jenner is emotional about her transition: “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.’”
The cover comes after Jenner’s two-hour ABC interview with Diane Sawyer on April 24, which was watched by more than 17.1 million viewers.
Prior to the unveiling of Caitlyn, Jenner had said he preferred the pronoun “he,” but Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the story, refers to “she.”
The Olympian who married and divorced reality star Kris Jenner, has appeared for years on E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Jenner’s own series chronicling her transition is set to begin July 26. Jenner already has a response over criticism that she’s doing it for a paycheck:
“I’m not doing it for money. I’m doing it to help my soul and help other people,” she says. “If I can make a dollar, I certainly am not stupid. [I have] house payments and all that kind of stuff.”
“Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets,” Jenner narrates in a video accompanying the article. “As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
On July 15, Jenner plans her first major public appearance to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s ESPYs awards.
In other news from the Jenner-Kardashian clan, Kim Kardashian is expecting her second child with Kanye West. … Film producer Todd Traina, son of arts booster Dede Wilsey and late philanthropist John Traina, hosted a premiere for his film “Wiener Dog Internationals” at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday. Actors Austin Anderson, Emmy Perry, Caitlin Carmichael and Julian Feder were also present.
Olympic gold medal soccer player Abby Wambach is 35. … Actor Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”) is 38. … Actor Dennis Haysbert (“24”) is 61. … Actor Jerry Mathers (“Leave It to Beaver”) is 67.