The world has been formally introduced to Caitlyn Jenner. After months of media frenzy and speculation, which culminated in a landmark interview with Diane Sawyer in late April, Bruce Jenner has reintroduced herself to the public as a woman. The 65 year old appears on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair in a silk bodysuit with the caption, “Call me Caitlyn.” So, what is the meaning behind the former Olympian’s new name?
Caitlyn, an American derivation of the Irish name Catherine, means pure. While Jenner has not publicly explained the origin of her new name, there appears to be a built-in metaphor in the name about her starting her new life as her true self.
Fans, though, might be curious why the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality star did not choose to spell Caitlyn with a “K.” According to TMZ, sources close to Jenner said the reality star have revealed she wants to make a clean break from the Kardashian family and live a new life as her own person. The sources further clarified that the decision was not the result of any bad blood between Caitlyn and the Kardashian clan.
Perhaps, the complete story behind Caitlyn’s name will be revealed in the Vanity Fair profile, which will hit newsstands on June 9. The in-depth article was written by contributing editor and “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger, while the stunning cover was shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.
See the cover in a tweet from Vanity Fair below:
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 1, 2015
Bissinger was given exclusive, unlimited access to Jenner and her family during the difficult time of her transition. The article should paint a powerful portrait of Jenner’s struggle. Back in April, Jenner told Sawyer, ““I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life. How do I tell my story? How do I tell people what I’ve been through?”
The Vanity Fair article will be released on June 9.