Forty years after Bruce Jenner’s stunning decathlon win at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and follow-up feature in Sports Illustrated, Caitlyn Jenner has the honor of being the magazine’s first transgender cover star. (She’s not the first transgender athlete to be interviewed, though — that prize goes to hammer throw champ Keelin Godsey.) It’s a beautiful reminder of how far Caitlin — and we, as a society — have come in the last half century. As with her Vanity Fair spread, Caitlyn opted to pose in a glittery gold number — this time in a (relatively sporty?) jumpsuit as opposed to a backless gown.
SI’s July issue spotlights the post-limelight lives of former athletes. In Jenner’s case, to question “Where Are They Now?” seems a bit absurd. We got an inside look at her transition thanks to Vanity Fair, Diane Sawyer and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we follow her every movement on I Am Cait, we can re-watch her ESPYs speech on YouTube whenever we please, we celebrated when she became Glamour’s Woman of the Year and the face of H&M Sport’s latest line. We applauded when that video of her using the women’s bathroom in Trump Tower in New York City surfaced (“By the way, Ted [Cruz], nobody got molested,” she chides in the clip).
That’s not to say the interview isn’t worth a read. For one, the 66-year-old reveals she keeps her medal tucked away in her nail drawer of all places: “It was great for the kids at show-and-tell.” (more…)