Caitlyn Jenner said she wanted to “make a difference in this world” when she came out as transgender back in April, and her Vanity Fair cover has now inspired others to make their own version of the already-iconic image.
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Earlier this week, Caitlyn introduced herself to the world via a magazine photo-shoot with Vanity Fair, which was quickly posted all over the Internet, and lauded on social media.
However, when Tumblr users Crystal Fraiser and Jenn Dolari noticed that people were taking the opportunity to compliment Caitlyn for looking ‘traditionally beautiful’, rather than for her courage, they were pushed to create the #MyVanityFairCover campaign, urging transgender people to post their own version of the cover.
Crystal writes: “I’ve felt frustrated and useless and overwhelmed by opinions on transgender women and how we’re ‘supposed’ to look if we want to be taken seriously… but not all of us adhere to those standards. Not all of us want to. Not all of us can. Some of us do, but only out of fear. Some of us do but we aren’t sure why.
“Admiration and praise for trans women shouldn’t only come if we fit a narrow definition of beauty. As a good friend of mine said Monday, ‘Where’s my Vanity Fair cover?’”
Here are just a handful of the results:
Trans women come in a wide variety, and we all deserve exposure and loveJune 4, 2015
Yes, me too.June 6, 2015
It was revealed earlier this week that Caitlyn would be bestowed with the Courage Award at this year’s ESPY Awards, honouring sports players whose bravery “transcends the world of sport”.
A teaser trailer for her forthcoming E! documentary, ‘I Am Cait’, has also been unveiled, ahead of its TV next next month.
Useful websites and helplines:
- Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for the transgender community | 01582 412220
- The Gender Trust supports anyone affected by gender identity | 01527 894 838
- Mermaids offers information, support, friendship and shared experiences for young people with gender identity issues | 0208 1234819
- LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for LGBT people in Scotland. Text 07786 202 370
- Gires provides information for trans people, their families and professionals who care for them | 01372 801554
- Depend provides support, advice and information for anyone who knows, or is related to, a transsexual person in the UK.