Caitlyn Jenner Breaks Down in New Behind-the-Scenes Vanity Fair Video, Talks Crazy Security Issues for Cover Story Reveal.
The 65-year-old reality star explains the isolation she felt during this process, and even breaks down at one point discussing the positive reaction she’s received since announcing her plans to transition from male to female.
“I’ve basically been inside this house for three months. I haven’t really left. It’s difficult because I can’t go out and be seen by the paparazzi. It was just hell. It was really, really tough on me,” she confessed about the months leading up to the mag hitting the newsstands.
VF editor Graydon Carter admitted they brought in maximum security to protect the issue and Cait’s privacy, which was important in ensuring the pivotal moment in history went down without a hitch. “He was at a stage in his life where he was going to make this seismic change. I thought this cover, if we got it right, with a great image from Annie Leibovitz, you’ve got this incredible cresting political issue of transgender…” he says in the video. “We brought in the security that we use for the Oscar party, for the Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner… We had security at the photoshoot, security at the printer,” he continues.
For her part, the E! starlet couldn’t be more appreciative of the welcoming she’s received as her new authentic female self. “It’s been great, so many good people, and love and support. I had this one time where I looked from a distance and I just thought, ‘Oh my god!’ It was the first time I’d ever really seen an image of me, who I am. Over-the-top better than I ever thought I’d ever be, especially at my age. Seeing that image was powerful to me,” she gushed while wiping away tears.
We saw more emotional moments on last night’s I Am Cait premiere, including son-in-law Kanye West praising her for rising up against enormous public opinion and daughter Kylie meeting her for the first time on FaceTime.
As if things couldn’t be better, her son Brandon and his wife Lea just welcomed daughter Eva James over the weekend, so she’s a grandma again!