Caitlyn Jenner: 'There's More to Being a Woman Than Hair and Makeup'
The I Am Cait star appears on the February/March cover of LGBT publication The Advocate
Caitlyn Jenner has only sat for one magazine cover shoot since revealing her trans journey last year: her introduction piece in Vanity Fair in June. But now she’s covering her first major LGBT publication with the release of The Advocate‘s February/March issue.
Hailed by the glossy – a sister publication of popular gay lifestyle mag Out – as “the world’s best-known transgender person,” The Advocate sat down with the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star at her Malibu home for a shoot and a revealing interview that touched on her famous family, life post-transition, her docuseries and what’s next.
Below, what the modern trans pioneer’s learned on her journey so far, in her words to The Advocate.
She’s still learning what it means to be a woman.
“There’s more to being a woman than hair and makeup. So recently, I’ve been trying to study up on it. What I realized … is how my experience is so different than what a normal woman’s would be growing up – that s obvious … I will never deal with [getting my period]. So there is so much in life that I need to learn about who I am and be authentic with myself. But I never want to assume that this whole thing called ‘womanhood,’ that I could ever experience all of that. I will be able to live authentically as female, but I’ve missed so much.”
Her biggest fear in coming out was how it would affect her 10 children.
“My main concern was really only my kids. I don t want to do anything to embarrass them.”
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She’s proud that her docuseries, I Am Cait, added to the world’s LGBT discourse.
“I personally feel that we opened up a conversation that for so long was swept under the rug. In so many ways like the gay issue, 20, 30, 40 years ago, people were sweeping that then. We’ve opened up the conversation. It’s okay to talk about trans issues.”
She’s aware of her privilege.
“I am certainly the exception to the rule. I am not the rule.”
She once had hesitations leaving behind her macho, Olympian persona.
“It’s natural. You’re going from such a strong image – male, athletic, superstar, Wheaties-box iconic kind of stuff – and leaving that to go to, quote, ‘to the weaker sex.’ Certainly I don’t see it that way … [But] I was afraid I would really lose something in my life.”
She’s finding a balance between looking ‘good’ as a public figure and learning there’s more to womanhood than appearance.
“It does take a little bit more work if you do go out. You’ve got to at least look good, at least the best you can. But there’s more to life and womanhood than just that. And those are things I’m learning.”