Almost exactly a year after her landmark Vanity Fair unveiling, Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympian and arguably most famous transgender person in history has revealed her latest media coup: a hotly anticipated Sports Illustrated cover.
Although rumours swirled that Jenner would appear naked on the cover, she is instead clad in a glittering beige jumpsuit, with the gold medal she won for the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games hanging around her neck. It's the first time the star has worn the medal in public ever since, and 40 years since her lastSports Illustrated cover, which featured a victorious Bruce Jenner crossing the finish line.
The cover is accompanied by an incredibly personal interview with Jenner, in which she labels the decathlon "the perfect distraction," from the identity crisis eating away at her. "Being a macho male was a way for me to try to convince myself that the woman living inside of me really isn't living inside me," she tells writer Tim Layden. "I loved Bruce," she adds. "I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I'm proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I've ever been in my life."