Vanity Fair has scooped the world with an exclusive sneak peek of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, posing for the legendary out photographer Annie Leibovitz.
The magazine referred to Jenner with she/her pronouns, and on Monday morning, Jenner herself shared a tweet confirming that she prefers the use of female pronouns. In accordance with her wishes, The Advocate will heretofore refer to Caityln Jenner as the woman she is.
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.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
The magazine says writer Buzz Kissinger, the Pulitzer Prize–winning contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights, was given unfettered access to Jenner and her family to chronicle what the magazine calls “the tensions, traumas, and courage that shaped Caitlyn into the woman you see today.”
First word of the photo session was reported Sunday in People, quoting sources.
Leibovitz’s portraits of Jenner were taken in her Malibu home. To view them, and read the accompanying story, a paid subscription to the magazine is required.
According to Vanity Fair, Jenner “speaks movingly about her journey:”
“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.’”
In a video featured on Vanity Fair's website, Jenner explains to those who recall her Olympic triumph what she has endured since the 1976 Games:
“I was probably at the Games because I was running away from a lot of things… very, very proud of the accomplishment, I don’t want to diminish that accomplishment. The last few days of doing this shoot was about my life, and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare. It’s not about people cheering in the stadium. It’s not about going down the street, and everybody giving you, ‘Thattaboy, Bruce!’ pat on the back. This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Everyday, he always had a secret. From morning ‘til night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
Watch a video that captures the photo shoot from behind the scenes in Jenner’s Malibu home below.
Daniel Reynolds contributed to this report.