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Caitlyn Jenner Featured on the Cover of The Advocate

Caitlyn Jenner Featured on the Cover of The Advocate

Photo by Ryan Pfluger

The transgender pioneer discusses how she wants to use her platform to educate—even if she's a novice.

The Advocate's editor in chief, Matthew Breen, followed up with Out100 Honoree Caitlyn Jenner for a poignant interview about transgender visibility and her privileged, highly publicized platform.

Breen writes eloquently about Jenner's well-documented learning curve:

"Caitlyn Jenner is very publicly learning what it means to be a woman, a trans woman, a trans celebrity -- all under the watchful eye of news and entertainment media fascinated with her progress. In the most magnanimous of circumstances, the media are interested in her welfare; more prurient outlets want to know if there are any major missteps in her clothes, her makeup, her presentation as a woman. And while her look may be a small part of being a woman, it's a big part of being a celebrity."

Jenner then commented on the fashion pressure she feels as a relative of the Kardashians:

"Kimberly [Kardashian West] says, 'If you do go out, you've got to rock it, baby!' " Jenner snaps in the air. "You cannot let [the paparazzi] get that picture. They'll take a picture of you with no makeup on, lousy outfit -- and they'll use it forever. You'll never get rid of it. Kim's very good at that stuff. It does take a little bit more work if you do go out. You've got to at least look good, at least the best you can."

But she also admitted that there is certainly more to being a woman than appearences:

"There's more to life and womanhood than just that. And those are things I'm learning; I'm trying to read up on it. I'm trying to understand it because it's all new to me."

Read the full interview here.

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