She used to try to outrun the truth about herself by winning medals. Now she's ready to just be.
You're about to meet Caitlyn Jenner, world.
Her debut photo shoot is chronicled in the video at the bottom. But first, let's take a look at how she came to be.
Letting go of inner secrets and designing the life that you feel is worth living is never easy. But it's perhaps never harder to do than when a person wants to honor the true gender and personality they never before felt free to express.
Caitlyn Jenner made everyone sit up and take notice by making her first declaration as a woman, and the process of becoming Caitlyn has been stunning, inspirational, and a beacon of hope for many who face similar struggles.
Here is a glimpse of back then and the dazzling, triumphant Caitlyn now.
The person who once was known as Bruce Jenner was America's ideal image of manly athleticism before coming out as Caitlyn.
From Caitlyn's mother:
“I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce [than] when he reached his goal in 1976." — Esther Jenner
Caitlyn was a father, husband, and public figure whose post-Olympic life seemed made in the shade.
But she struggled for years with a secret that didn't seem like it could be shared with anyone.
Somewhere along the line, Caitlyn decided not to hold it in anymore.
Again, from Caitlyn's mother:
"But I'm more proud of him now. It takes a lot of courage to do what he's doing." — Esther Jenner
After navigating a sensitive personal pivot with her family by her side, Caitlyn Jenner is here, and she is ready to live! Here is her debut from Vanity Fair's cover shoot.
Live your life on your terms, Caitlyn. A world full of people cheered you on in 1976, and we still cheer you on today. Your perseverance and inner strength is still of Olympic proportions.