UPDATE: On Monday, Dec. 14, Jenner clarified her comments in a WhoSay op-ed titled “Still So Much to Learn.” She wrote, “This week, a lot of attention was brought to my comments in my Time interview . . . I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I’m truly sorry. What I was trying to say is that our world really is still a binary one, and that people who look ‘visibly transgender’ sometimes can struggle for acceptance and may be treated poorly by others. And while this may be true, it’s also something that needs to change.”
Original Story: In a new interview with Time magazine, Caitlyn Jenner opened up about her transition and the struggles that come along with being transgender. The I Am Cait star, who was No. 7 on the shortlist for the magazine’s Person of the Year, talked about how she tries to present a “good image.”
“One thing that has always been important for me, and it may seem very self-absorbed or whatever, is . . . your presentation of who you are,” Jenner, 66, said. “I think it’s much easier for a trans woman or a trans man who authentically, kind of, looks and plays the role.”
The reality star added, “I try to take [my presentation] seriously. I think it puts people at ease. If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”
The former Olympian, who unveiled her transition in Vanity Fair in June, further explained that she pays close attention to how she presents herself.
“I want to dress well. I want to look good,” she said. “When I go out, as Kim [Kardashian] says, you’ve got to rock it because the paparazzi will be there.”
Jenner’s comments received some backlash online, where many social media users accused her of transphobia. Earlier this year, Jenner shocked fans when she admitted that she once opposed marriage equality.
However, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also told Time that she wants to further educate herself on the trans community so that she can be “intelligent on the subject.”
“Hopefully as time goes on, I’ll learn more and more and more and get better at that,” she said.
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