Caitlyn can't complain! Caitlyn Jenner is ecstatic about her Vanity Fair photos — and the next chapter! One day after she made her debut on the magazine's July 2015 cover, Vanity Fair published an extended interview with the former Olympian, in which she talks about the photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz.
"I mean these pictures—Annie, Vanity Fair, spared nothing doing it right, and the wardrobe, everything involved with it were just, the people were just great. It was two of the best days of my life," Jenner, 65, said. "The pictures came out over-the-top great."
Jenner embraced the photo shoot, which showed her in a bodysuit, dress, and sitting in a convertible, but she did have her doubts at first. "I was always worried—you never wanted to look like a guy in drag, you never wanted to look like a guy in a dress, okay. If you’re going to do that, come out, you really have to look the part," she said. "You have to look very feminine you have to be able to…what I call my presentation is extremely important because it puts people at ease. And if you can do that, okay, people are at ease, they’re just comfortable being around you. And Vanity Fair, I think that when they see the pictures, the images, and all that kind of stuff, learn your name, people will probably go, my God, why didn’t you do this earlier?"
In the 22-page feature, Jenner also marvels about the first time she truly saw "an image" of herself. "[During the shoot] I had this one time where I had not had a mirror behind me and they put this mirror up behind when I was doing this shoot. I had this rocking black outfit on, formal outfit, and I kind of, from a distance, looked in the mirror and I felt, oh, my God. That’s the first time I’d ever really seen an image of me, of who I am," she recalled.
"I mean over-the-top better than I thought it would ever be, especially at my age," she continued. "You know, you think it’s kind of over with at that age. And seeing that image was powerful to me, you know, powerful. And I kind of looked at it and said, You know what, this is going to work, we’re going to be okay with this, you know. So yeah, we move forward. I am so excited about the future."
Jenner's historic moment didn't stop with VF, though. On Monday, June 1, the reality star broke the world record for reaching a million Twitter followers under four hours. "Another Jenner world record, and at 65? Who'da thought!" she tweeted Monday. "Humbled & honored to have reached 1M followers in 4 hrs. Thank you for your support."
Up next, Jenner will continue to tell her story on her upcoming E! spinoff series. "I’m just going to go live life, I’m going to go enjoy life. I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul," she told VF. "[Up] to this point I would wear, you know, Bruce would wear, you know, sweatshirts with hoods on them so paparazzi can’t get pictures and all that kind of crap, and I didn’t want them to see if my fingernails were polished or, you know, on and on and on. It was just hell."
That new glam closet will also get plenty of use. "To be able to wake up in the morning, be yourself, get dressed, get ready to go out, and just be like a normal person. That’s a wonderful feeling to go through life," she added. "I’ve never been able to do that; it’s always been confusion, it’s always been, you know, I’ve got one side [with] boy clothes, the other side’s women’s clothes. It’s like I cleaned the whole closet out—the boys stuff is gone, okay?"