Buzz Bissinger pens Bruce Jenner Vanity Fair cover: 'Call me Caitlyn'
Bruce Jenner will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair's July issue, along with a piece by former Inquirer and Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger
Bruce Jenner will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair's July issue, along with a piece by former Inquirer and Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger.
The headline reads "Call me Caitlyn," officially announcing Jenner's new name for the first time. The issue will hit newsstands June 9.
To mark the occasion, Jenner created a new Twitter account, @Cailtyn_Jenner, tweeting:
@Caitlyn_Jenner became the fastest growing account of all time after she gained 1 million followers in four hours and three minutes. President Barack Obama held the previous record.
Jenner will further chronicle her transition on an E! docu-series set for a July 26 premiere at 9 p.m. She told Vanity Fair that the show will look at lowering rates of suicide in the transgender community, but also plans to do a segment "in which she sees if she can still hit a golf ball 300 yards off the tee, even with her very ample breasts."
Bissinger was given "unfettered access to Jenner and her family," according to a statement from Vanity Fair. The cover was shot by Annie Leibovitz.
Jenner publicly came out about as transgender in an April interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20. During the interview, the former Olympian said at the time he preferred to use male pronouns and did not reveal his new name. A Vanity Fair statement used female pronouns when talking about Caitlyn.
In the Vanity Fair story Jenner tells Bissinger. "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.'"
Bissinger, who is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, will chronicle the "tensions, traumas, and courage that shaped Caitlyn into the woman you see today."
Bissinger declined to comment for this piece, nor was it made clear in statements by Vanity Fair whether the story will mention a Jenner's recent car crash that led the death of a woman. Jenner is currently being sued for wrongful death by the woman's family.
Bissinger spent three months with Jenner, who talked openly about her transition, such as the panic attacks she had after going facial-feminization surgery. Bissinger also talked to Jenner's four pre-Kardashian children who were not shy to talk about their father's absence from their lives.
"I have high hopes that Caitlyn is a better person than Bruce," Jenner told Bissinger. "I'm very much looking forward to that."
Jenner's news overshadowed that of his former stepdaughter. Kim Kardashian announced in Glamour she is pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West.