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Caitlyn Jenner Responds to Criticism She's Received After Her Transition

Caitlyn Jenner Responds to Criticism She's Received After Her Transition

Caitlyn Jenner gets her close up on the cover of the Advocate‘s February/March 2016 issue.

Here’s what the 66-year-old reality share had to share with the mag:

On the fears she had just prior to coming out as trans: “All those things certainly go through your mind. But it’s natural. You’re going from such a strong image – male, athletic, superstar, Wheaties-box iconic kind of stuff – and leaving that to go to, quote, ‘to the weaker sex’…certainly, I don’t see it that way. And although I really felt like I was doing the right thing, and I’m so happy that the response has been good, I was afraid I would really lose something in my life. But my main concern was really only my kids. I don’t want to do anything to embarrass them.”

On criticism about things she’s said about being a woman: “What does this whole thing mean to me? …There’s more to being a woman than hair and makeup. So recently, I’ve been trying to study up on it. My publicists’ assistant told me to read this book [How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran]. It’s actually very good and very funny. What I realized, when going through this book, is how my experience is so different than what a normal woman’s would be growing up – that’s obvious. The second chapter was about having your period. OK? I will never deal with that. So there is so much in life that I need to learn about who I am and be authentic with myself. But I never want to assume that this whole thing called womanhood, that I could ever experience all of that. I will be able to live authentically as female, but I’ve missed so much.”

On looking good as a celebrity:Kimberly [Kardashian West] says, ‘If you do go out, you’ve got to rock it, baby!’ You cannot let [the paparazzi] get that picture. They’ll take a picture of you with no makeup on, lousy outfit – and they’ll use it forever. You’ll never get rid of it. Kim’s very good at that stuff. It does take a little bit more work if you do go out. You’ve got to at least look good, at least the best you can. But there’s more to life and womanhood than just that. And those are things I’m learning; I’m trying to read up on it. I’m trying to understand it because it’s all new to me.”

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Credit: Ryan Pfluger/Advocate
Posted to: Caitlyn Jenner, Magazine

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  • Jay

    I was never offended by her ‘make up’ statement. In her family, your appearance, what you wear and your make ARE the most important thing. That is their job, that is how the make money. These are the women in her life, so this is what she sees.

  • leila

    If you have always identified as female, been in that frame of mind since childhood then it shouldn’t take a book to show you how

  • Willabee

    Everything she says is absurd. Idiot

  • Curt Noydb

    Odd since it hasn’t transition into anything yet. The plastic surgery to install breast implants while peeing standing up is …I guess…TG purgatory.

  • Papaya Queen

    I always thought beeing transgender ment that on the inside you already are the Person you want to be transition into. You might look like a man, but you ARE a woman on the inside or vice versa.
    But she mentioned multiple times how she is NOW learning what more there is to beeing a woman than make up and clothes. In my opinion, if she only is learning that now, then how did she know she wanted to be a woman or was a woman on the inside from the beginning? Everytime I read or watch stuff she says, she loses more credibility as a woman…

  • MimiB

    You’re probably right.

    Caitlyn seems incredibly focused on the superficial, but given her role models, isn’t that natural ?

  • suzybel

    It’s a bit late to worry about embarrassing your kids, and another thing, you probably couldn’t handle a woman’s period, you’re a lightweight, Bruce.

  • Gina

    Being a woman isn’t about just feeling like a woman on the inside, but experiencing things that only women experience in the outside world. I think that’s what she’s learning.

  • Gina

    Yeah, but for many years she was trying to act the part of a man, and never had to go out into the world as a woman. Women are treated differently in society than men are, that is only something one can experience if they are perceived to be a woman, which Caitlyn now is.