Caitlyn Jenner named Woman of the Year

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner has been named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, in her first year living publicly as female.

Jenner came out as transgender in April this year in an interview earlier this year – and has since appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair and appeared in her own reality show.

The TV star and former Olympian recently had her E! docu-reality series I Am Cait renewed for a second series.

There’s more good news for her today, as Glamour revealed she is being honoured as one of their Women of the Year.

She was revealed as an honouree today alongside Victoria Beckham, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, Cecile Richards, Reese Witherspoon, the Women of Charleston, and the US women’s national soccer team.

Jenner will receive the honour on November 9, at Glamour’s 25th Anniversary Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She was nominated by Alex Schmider of Los Angeles LGBT Center, who wrotE: “Caitlyn Jenner is a Woman of the Year because… she made the decision to transition publicly—so that in the future kids don’t have to wait until they’re 65 years old to discover who they are.”

In a profile of Jenner for the Award, Glamour explained: “A year ago Caitlyn Jenner did not have a name. The Olympic hero turned reality-star patriarch was still living a phantom existence, her changing appearance igniting a tabloid frenzy around the rumour she’d run from for most of her 66 years: that she was transgender.

“She was confined to her house in Malibu, California, where she’d been forced to build a wall to shield herself from paparazzi cameras.

It continues: “A year, an iconic Annie Leibovitz photograph, an Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and 4.5 million Instagram followers later, Jenner is finding new meaning in her life.

“Seventeen million people watched her vulnerable Diane Sawyer interview, which explained her lifelong struggle to make sense of her gender identity, stopping the tabloid gossip overnight, and, most important for Jenner, sealing her family’s support.”

Caitlyn Jenner said of coming out as trans, and speaking out for LGBT rights: “I started thinking, ‘Maybe this is why God put me on earth’.

“This issue has been swept under the rug for so long. I need to tell this story on the highest level you can possibly do it. Not just for me but for this entire community.”

She added: “I am just excited about the future for the first time in a long, long time,” she says, with the contagious confidence of a champion.

“And that is a nice feeling to have…. To be honest with you, if the worst thing in the world that happens to you is you are trans, you’ve got it made.”