In the September issue of Vogue, Kendall Jenner opens up about her father, Caitlyn Jenner, transitioning from male to female. The model, who’s on the magazine’s latest cover, gets candid about why the sex change was “really hard” for her and dishes on how she feels about it now.
Even though Kendall is often seen strutting on the catwalks and modeling for high-end designers, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star has always said she was a tomboy as a child and credits her father for introducing her to certain things. “We had ATVs and go-carts, and I grew up riding them all the time, which is why I’m a good driver,” she told the magazine. “It’s super ironic to think about now, but it’s something I can thank my dad for: how much of a tomboy I was.”
Kendall said because she shares those memories with her dad, who went by Bruce Jenner, it made the transition “really hard” for her in the beginning. “I was like, ‘But you taught me everything, tomboy!’” she said.
Despite her struggles with Caitlyn’s change, Kendall told Vogue that it got easier to deal with as time went on and it’s “super normal” now. “It’s not weird at all,” Kendall said. She continued: “Sometimes I look at a picture of my dad when she was a guy, and it makes me a little sad, I get emotional. You have to get past it — you’ve got a new person to love. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise — if that’s not the wrong way to say it.”
Kendall isn’t the only one reflecting on Caitlyn’s transition. The former Olympian’s ex-wife, Linda Thompson, recently released an excerpt of her book “A Little Thing Called Life” revealing that she’s known about Caitlyn’s desire to become a woman since 1985. “I sometimes find it surreal to look into her perfectly made-up, beautiful brown eyes, while remembering the masculine, gorgeous man who fathered my sons,” she wrote, according to People magazine. “That admission is just me being real. I completely accept, respect and support Caitlyn, but I must admit, I sometimes miss Bruce.”
In May, reports surfaced that Caitlyn was having a hard time adjusting to her new life and was considering de-transitioning back to a male. However, the 66-year-old quickly shot down the rumor posting a selfie of her getting pampered for the GLAAD Awards. “The joys of being a woman! Soooo worth it,” she wrote in the caption. During her speech at the event Caitlyn also dismissed the rumors telling the audience that there was “nothing better in life than living your life authentically.”