‘This is my story. This is who I am. What can I do?’ Caitlyn Jenner at Women of the Year Awards

‘This is my story. This is who I am. What can I do?’ Caitlyn Jenner at Women of the Year Awards

Caitlyn Jenner gave a heartfelt speech while being honored as the Transgender Champion at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards on Monday, Nov. 9.

“I never in a million years thought that I would be here,” Jenner, 66, told the audience. “For years and years, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I always felt as an outsider; I never felt good in the male side, and I wasn’t obviously in the female side. I was kind of stuck in the middle. But all of a sudden, after making these decisions and coming out, it was by far the best thing that I ever did.”

Kris Jenner’s ex opened up about what life was like for her before she decided to come out as transgender, and how her life has changed since she went public back in April with Diane Sawyer.

“Over these last six months, it has been the most eye-opening experience of my life,” the I Am Cait star said. “Because for so many years, I lost my enthusiasm for life. Literally, sitting in my house for almost six years. Because I never really wanted to come out; just to go to work, that was about it. Now, actually, I like going out. And I like being myself. And in doing that, it’s been amazing the opportunity we have for change, for people to understand this issue because it’s so difficult.”

caitlyn-jenner-award-lgJenner – who revealed her new identity on the July cover of Vanity Fair – also said that her transition was a long time in the making, and that she first went to her 10 children for support.

“My transition was very, very long,” she admitted. “I had many, many, many years of isolation from the world, of lying to the world, of not being myself. I sat down with each one of my 10 children, and I said, ‘This is my story. This is who I am. What can I do?’ I had a lot of conversations with God. I came to the conclusion that this is why God put me on this earth – to tell my story. To be authentic to myself, to who I am.”

In addition to her children, the 2015 honoree thanked Janet Mock and Laverne Cox for paving the way and helping her to be true to herself.

“I could not have done this without the people who have gone before me – the Laverne Coxes of the world, the Janet Mocks,” Jenner said. “I like being myself. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Jenner, one of a group of honorees that included actress Reese Witherspoon, ballerina Misty Copeland, designer Victoria Beckham, the victorious U.S. women’s soccer team, and a group of women from Charleston, South Carolina, who suffered great loss in the June church shooting there, Jenner told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been “the most eye-opening experience of my life”, and also said she believes she was put on Earth to tell her story and perhaps make a difference in the world.

Jenner is not the first transgender woman to be a Glamour Woman of the Year; last year, actress Laverne Cox was honored. Still, Jenner’s inclusion had sparked some backlash on social media. “We prefer to focus on the positive,” Jenner said through a spokesman ahead of the announcement.

Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief, told The Associated Press that criticism of Jenner’s inclusion “certainly gives you an appreciation for the hostility to the trans community that still exists out there.”

The annual ceremony mixes high-wattage celebrities with lesser known names, and this year, the award winners included the five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre — Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard — and lauded in the aftermath as “The Peacemakers of Charleston.” Also among those honored: Entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, and Planned Parenthoood’s Cecile Richards.

Copeland, who became the first female African-American principal at American Ballet Theatre in June, thanked Glamour “for honoring a black ballerina.” To the young girls seated in the balcony from various schools and girls clubs, she said, “We’re trying to set the best example for you.”

Witherspoon gave the final speech of the night, speaking passionately about female ambition. “I believe ambition is not a dirty word,” she said. Witherspoon co-founded a production company, Pacific Standard, which aims to make films featuring strong female lead roles — “not the wife or the girlfriend, but the lead,” she said — as a way to fight the gender gap in Hollywood. The company’s “Wild” and “Gone Girl” earned Oscar nominations for Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike.111015-reese-witherspoon-600

Beckham was introduced with a video clip from her children and husband, soccer star David Beckham. She gained fame as a Spice Girl, but has since become a respected fashion designer. She was also honored Monday for her work in AIDS education and prevention.

“I love what I do,” Beckham said. She added that with her fashion, she aimed to make women feel “like the best version of themselves.”

The U.S. women’s soccer team was introduced by late-night host Seth Meyers, who got a cheer when he advised young women in the audience to “never waste a second of your time on (a guy who) doesn’t want your input and advice.”

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  1. Cerio
    November 13, 06:17 Reply

    Nice speech.

    @DM, you no dey sleep?#smiling#

  2. Mandy
    November 13, 06:37 Reply

    Initially, I was going to register my disapproval of Glamour Magazine’s honouring of Caitlyn Jenner. But that was when I thought they were going to honour her over the other women. Then I read this and realized she’s just one of the honourees. Sure, she hasn’t been a woman for long, but she has proven to be a force to reckon with in the transgender community. As a Woman. So yea, she deserves the honour. As does all these other incredible women.

  3. Chizzie
    November 13, 07:35 Reply

    See the thing is, yes that was a touching speech and all but I think its unfair that she was even considered for this award seeing as she only became a woman a few months ago.

    Trans issues and gender identify issues are completely different from women/female issues. Reading Reese Witherspoon’s speech and her accomplishments and Victoria Beckham’s as well, you see that these are real legit women’s issues, that they triumphed over and deserve merit for. They were all women that have gone above and beyond the confines and limitations of being a woman, and gone on to be very successful.

    But Caitlyn is being awarded for being a woman- its more than just being a woman and being brave! If this were the case, then every woman who doesnt decide to suddenly opt to be a man, should be awarded too for sticking it out and being a woman. Plus in the technical and anatomical sense she isn’t really a woman if she still has a penis.

    If this were a trans award, then Caitlyn deserves it but I do not think she deserves this

    Plus its ironic that someone with a penis is stealing the spot light from other award recipients who do not have one, which defeats the purpose of the award. I didn’t even know that Reese and Victoria were also recipient’s and I wouldn’t have had I not read this.

    • ronniephoenix
      November 13, 11:24 Reply

      Some People just like to be shallow, so they don’t even know the difference between being a woman and being female.

      Education may be expensive, but it sure is compulsory

  4. Teflondon
    November 13, 08:43 Reply

    All i smell is political correctness.. everywhere!

    its a shame this kind of thing happen, the world is so engulfed by publicity stunt, it has turned a blind eye to real issues. Those giving award and the awardee are both vying for popularity! its sickening this. When REAL Women gets out-shined by issues affecting them that ONLY them can truly understand then i can only describe this as shambolic.

  5. ronniephoenix
    November 13, 11:26 Reply

    There is something about caitlyn that just turns me on.

    Let’s go cait!!!!

  6. Delle
    November 13, 13:10 Reply

    Ok good for Jenner.
    But…
    WTF! Ten children?! I didn’t know this! Oh so ‘she’ had ejaculated 10 fully formed spermatozoa? No wonder she decided to be a woman! Lol

    On a lighter note
    I feel she really has changed the face of the transgendered in the society and the world at large (except of course Nigeria). So yes Caitlyn, now you can go out and be a socialite just like your whorish step-daughters (except Khloe and Kendall of course, *winks*)

  7. Keredim
    November 13, 14:18 Reply

    I beg, I dey Chizzie side for this one.

    At least let him complete a full year before giving him the award.?

    He might be doing good for trans issues, but for me the Kardashian bandwagon puts a question mark on it.

    He used to look like Glenn Close, now he looks like Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo – Desperate Housewives)

    • Chizzie
      November 13, 15:33 Reply

      Well you know Felicity Hoffman played a transwoman in Transamerica and got an Oscar nod for it. So yes, the comparison is spot on.

    • ronniephoenix
      November 13, 16:00 Reply

      Excuse me, but did someone from the “queer” community just use male pronouns for caitlyn.

      Even if people outside the community behave so shallow and blatantly stupid, I expected more from a person within this community.

  8. ronniephoenix
    November 13, 16:02 Reply

    nigerians are well known for hypocrisy, no wonder.

    I have nothing else to add.

  9. ronniephoenix
    November 13, 16:46 Reply

    Has anyone else seen the video where caitlyn was confronted by trans protester?

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