Caitlyn Jenner made a stunning debut on the cover of US Vanity Fair in June, and while the Annie Leibovitz-photographed images show the former Bruce Jenner in gorgeous gowns and poses, the accompanying interview is equally as fascinating. Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger spent "hundreds of hours" with Bruce and then "spent countless hours" with Caitlyn gaining exclusive access for the article. Bissinger, who admits that witnessing the transition was "initially weird" and "surreal," calls Caitlyn's story "a tragic one" but also a "brave one, and a funny one." See some of Caitlyn's most moving quotes from the publication below.
- On the reality of her day-to-day life: "The uncomfortableness of being me never leaves all day long. I'm not doing this to be interesting. I'm doing this to live. I'm not doing this so I can hit off the women's tee."
- On preferring not to take medication during painful electrolysis procedures to remove facial hair in the '80s: "Pain is kind of for me, part of the pain of being me . . . this is what you get for being who you are. Just take the pain."
- On the reason for finally deciding to publicly transition: "If I were lying on my deathbed and had kept this secret and never did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, 'You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,' and I don't want that to happen."
- On the positive response since she shared her truth: "Honestly, since the Diane Sawyer piece every day it's exciting to go to the mailbox, because I get letters every day from all of these people from all over the world. I've gotten a lot from trans women, telling their story, and how excited they were to see the Diane piece."
- On getting used to her new name and not being "hung up" on the titles other people use: "A guy came in the other day and I was fully dressed — it's just habit, I said 'Hi, Bruce here,' and I went, 'Oh f*ck, it ain't Bruce,' I was screwing up doing it."
- On not being fully open with Kris Jenner when they met: "Probably a mistake I made was maybe not having her understand — not the severity of it but that this is a condition you cannot get away from."
- On choosing to do an E! series: "Oh, she's doing a stupid reality show. She's doing it for the money. She's doing this, she's doing that. I'm not doing it for the money. I'm doing it to help my soul and help other people. If I can make a dollar, I certainly am not stupid. [I have] house payments and all that kind of stuff. I will never make an excuse for something like that. Yeah, this is a business. You don't go out and change your gender for a television show."