Caitlyn Jenner was honored at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards as the Transgender Champion. She delivered a moving acceptance speech and she was stunning on the red carpet in a gorgeous royal blue floor-length gown as the photos and video reveal.
Once again, Caitlyn Jenner makes history, receiving now her second major award, having received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs. The Olympic legend was honored for her advocacy work on behalf of the LGBT community. Ever since coming out in that Diane Sawyer television special, she’s declared her commitment to the cause, and to paving the way for transgender community in society, and month after month, we’ve seen her emerging. From the ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine cover that arguably was more than enough to “break the Internet” to her reality TV show, ‘I Am Cait,’ the world is getting a long-overdue education on the transgender experience.
Now, in New York City at Carnegie Hall at the 25th anniversary of Glamour Magazine’s ‘Women of the Year Awards, she was stunning once again, as she was at the ESPY Awards, this time in a custom Moschino floor-length dress, in a shimmering royal blue color, with a plunging neckline and black tuxedo lapels. The classic style evoked old Hollywood glamour and Jenner highlighted that with an upswept hairstyle of the era.
While she may have won the red carpet yet again, she also delivered a powerful and memorable acceptance speech for the Transgender Champion Award, clearly revealing gratitude and a desire to reach out and to help others who, like she herself, may have struggled in accepting their true identity.
According to People magazine, in her speech Caitlyn Jenner said, “My transition was very, very long. I had many, many, many years of isolation from the world, of lying to the world, of not being myself.”
She went on to speak of questioning herself, as she was alone in her home in Malibu, and wondering what she would do with her life. She opened up about that process saying, “I sat down with my pastor, talked to him about my issues. And yes, I had a lot of conversations with God. I came to the conclusion: You know what? Maybe this is why God put me on this earth—to tell my story. To be authentic to myself, to who I am. And maybe in doing that, maybe you can make a difference in the world. What a great opportunity in life to have.”
Caitlyn Jenner also spoke with candor about the tabloid coverage and how it impacted her and her family, saying, “I sat down with each one of my 10 children, and it was the big secret in the family that nobody could talk about because I was getting destroyed in the tabloids every week, walking through the grocery line, looking at the headlines. And so were my children. It was hurtful. So I sat each one of ‘em down, and I said, “This is my story. This is who I am. What can I do?
She reflected upon her coming out, saying, “So it started with Diane Sawyer … so eloquently and so beautifully telling my story. And then two months later, then pictures and the name came out: Boy, oh boy, did the conversation change. No longer [was] the media saying terrible things about you, because they would be homophobic. All of a sudden, everybody became comfortable.”
Continuing, she added, “Boy, did the conversations change. All of a sudden, all these new questions came into my life. People were going, “What’s your style? What are you gonna wear? Who are your heroes? Are you a feminist?” All these questions, and I said, “Oh my gosh, I’ve got so much to learn.”
She said, “From getting a female driver’s license to just going out in public, ”I like being myself” finally.”
She went on elaborate on how much that meant to her, saying, “For years and years, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I always felt as an outsider; I never felt good in the male side, and I wasn’t obviously in the female side. I was kind of stuck in the middle. But all of a sudden, after making these decisions and coming out, it was by far the best thing that I ever did.”
Caitlyn Jenner’s story, now well known, ironically, more than some of the trailblazers to whom she paid tribute in the speech. She said of them, “I could not have done this without the people who have gone before me: the Laverne Coxs of the world, the Janet Mocks.”
She went on to say of them, “What I have learned about this community is what a great group of women there are out there, who have worked so hard to be authentic to themselves and authentic to womanhood.”
And that group has a new and powerful voice. One senses this is just the beginning not just for Jenner but for the long-overdue societal shift towards acceptance.
See red carpet photos of Caitlyn Jenner at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards along with highlights of her acceptance speech below!
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