Caitlyn Jenner First Trans Athlete To Cover 'Sports Illustrated'
While basking in the glow of Pride month, Caitlyn Jenner has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, 40 years after her gold medal win at the Montreal Olympics. But despite former rumors, it was not the swimsuit edition or a nude photo with only the medal. Instead, Jenner took part in a detailed interview with Sports Illustrated for the “Where Are They Now” issue. And in a 22 minute film by SI Films, Jenner goes in depth about her experience as an Olympian, and the impact that being Bruce had on the remainder of her life.
Bruce Jenner was a national champion in men’s decathlon events. As Jenner says today, “The decathlon for me was the ultimate in what people think of as manhood.” She described how a life in the spotlight is perfect to hide in; “I had a need to prove myself, that maybe that woman that’s living inside of me really isn’t living there.”
“I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it,” Jenner added.
After the 1976 Olympics decathlon win, Jenner made the August Sports Illustrated cover. Jenner said she knew that would be the last time she competed; ” I was the best in the world at what I did,” Jenner said. “On the other hand, the decathlon was my best friend, and that was over. I lost my beard.”
And 39 years later, the parting became a little less sorrow. Last year, on the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world, happier than ever.
“I loved Bruce,” Jenner told Sports Illustrated. “I still love him today… But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life.” Excuse us while we shed a tear.
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