Exclusive: Caitlyn Jenner grateful to trans pioneers, explains why she waited to debut

Caitlyn Jenner Is Grateful to Laverne Cox and Other 'Pioneers'
Caitlyn Jenner Is Grateful to Laverne Cox and Other 'Pioneers'

In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner explained how she once lived "alone" with the knowledge of her true identity in the era before the transgender movement had gained national acceptance and talked about what motivated her to wait to debut her new identity.

"I was always worried that you never wanted to look like a guy in a dress, okay," Jenner said in in the new video clip released Tuesday. "If you're going to do that, come out, you really have to look the part, you have to look very feminine."

Today, she credits a slew of "intelligent women" with helping to inspire her.

"You look at some of the people, the pioneers in trying to get their message out: Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Geena Rocero, people like that, Carmen Carrera " she said in the new video clip released Tuesday. "Back in the '80s I was alone, and I'm kind of following in their footsteps."

"They made it easier for me," she continued. "I hope with my honesty I can make it easier for somebody else down the line."

The interview comes on the heels of the bombshell "Call Me Caitlyn" cover that was released Tuesday and the former Olympian's unveiling of her new name and identity.

Jenner unveiled a new Twitter handle under her name Monday as well, which quickly set a new record, reaching one million followers in a few hours.

Support immediately began rolling in from far and wide, and even included a vote of confidence from President Obama.

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