Starting fresh. Twitter got one famous new user on Monday, June 1, when Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, joined the social media platform for the first time.
The reality star, who reintroduced herself as a woman with the gorgeous July cover of Vanity Fair, never tweeted as Bruce. She stayed away from the site even as her stepdaughters Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Khloe Kardashian, and daughters Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner counted millions of followers.
Caitlyn made her new Twitter avatar the Vanity Fair cover image. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz took the gorgeous photo of the Olympic athlete, in which she sports flowing, highlighted, wavy locks and bares her body in a figure-hugging white corseted bodysuit.
The transitioning star tweeted a photo of the cover, which reads, "Call me Caitlyn," on Monday afternoon. She went on to write her first words on Twitter, expressing gratitude and an optimism for the future. "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self," she tweeted. "Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."
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
Caitlyn's follower count skyrocketed in the hour following VF's release of the July issue. She went from fewer than 500 followers at 12:30 p.m. ET, to more than 200,000 just 30 minutes later. Caitlyn also joined Facebook this week, sharing the same photo and message.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star spoke about the importance of the interview in an accompanying promotional behind-the-scenes video, saying, "Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free."
"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,'" she added to the mag.
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