Caitlyn Jenner (born Bruce Jenner, Olympic gold medalist and patriarch of the Jenner-Kardashian clan) makes her debut in the June cover of Vanity Fair.
The above photos, shot by Annie Leibovitz, are trending massively on Twitter, and has elicited tremendous support and praise for Caitlyn, for what she has done for herself and for the LGBTQIA community at large.
More than 50% of transgender youth will have a suicide attempt before age 20. She is saving lives. #CallMeCaitlyn— Christine Lu (@christinelu) June 1, 2015
when you're a public figure in such a cisnormative society I can't imagine the courage it takes and I have utmost admiration #CallMeCaitlyn— Izzy (@_izzyy) June 1, 2015
Considering the opposition, the ridicule, that trans people still face in society, it is deeply courageous of Caitlyn to celebrate her transition in such a public platform-- visible to trans individuals, allies, and opponents everywhere.
Especially considering her reputation as successful sportsman and patriarch of such a widely known celebrity family (both positions of great "masculine" merit) Caitlyn is contributing a great deal toward reforming our notions of gender, femininity, masculinity, and how little they matter in the face of the individual and individually determined spirit.
Not to mention, girl's got style.