‘I Am Cait’ premieres; New York transgender woman says Caitlyn Jenner is ‘a real activist’

I’m really surprised at how good the “I Am Cait” premiere was. I expected more of a trashy reality show, and I don’t usually watch stuff like that. I didn’t expect it to be so sensitive. It was some really powerful stuff. 'I AM CAIT' PREMIERES: WHAT'S TO COME FOR THE REST OF CAITLYN JENNER'S JOURNEY It’s great to see that Caitlyn realizes she has a huge platform, and she really seems to be using it well. As a 62-year-old transgender woman myself, I was especially moved at the end of the episode where they brought up the important issue about trans people being more likely to commit suicide that any other community. It happens a lot, and it doesn’t have to. Caitlyn seems authentic, a real activist and an important voice for our community. I really thought that Caitlyn was very sincere when she went to see the parents of Kyler Prescott, the 14-year-old transgender teen who killed himself. I really feel she is trying to use her spotlight to draw attention to the problems that transgender people have, and that’s what impressed me the most about the show and about Caitlyn Jenner herself. CAITLYN JENNER'S TOP INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM 'I AM CAIT' PREMIERE Some of the other most interesting bits were with Caitlyn and her mom, Esther, which I really identified with. Like my mom, it’s obviously going to take some time for Esther to get used to it all. The pronoun shift — going from “he” to “she” — takes some time, and like Caitlyn’s mom, my mom would get them wrong all the time. I would correct her a lot. But I remember there was one time where my mother was meeting me in Queens to go to a friend’s wedding, and she looked at me all made up, and she said, “You look very beautiful. Your makeup looks nice.” It felt really similar to what Esther told Caitlyn. That was a very Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner stays up all night worrying about transgender issues in new ‘I Am Cait’ clip: ‘We don’t want people dying over this’

Caitlyn Jenner feels the weight of the transgender world on her shoulders in the new clip from "I Am Cait." "It's like 4:32 in the morning and I can't sleep," Jenner said as she opens up about the pressure of being the voice of a community she's just become a part of. Tired and with no makeup she reveals all the worries that keep her up at night. "I feel bad that, especially young people are going through such a difficult time in their life," she said. "We don't want people dying over this. We don't want people murdered over this stuff." Jenner spoke about the haunting realities some people in the transgender community face, like abuse, suicide and even murder during her inspiring speech at the ESPYs. "I've never felt more pressure than I ever have felt in my life then over the last couple of months," the former Olympian and father to six biological children and four stepchildren said during her acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She admitted then that she had never met a trans person until a few months ago. So not only is Jenner adjusting to her new body and image but also owning up to her "power of the spotlight" that comes with responsibility to raise awareness about a community that's often shunned by larger society. "What a responsibility I have toward this community," she said in the newly released clip for her E! docu-series that premieres Sunday. "Am I going to do everything right? Am I going to say the right things? Do I project the right image? My mind's just spinning with thoughts. I just hope I get it right." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Follow @RiveraZayda on Twitter Continue Reading

Miley Cyrus reveals friendship with Caitlyn Jenner, says ‘Hannah Montana’ gave her ‘body dysmorphia’

Miley Cyrus has added a major BFF to her squad of celebrity pals: Caitlyn Jenner. In the September cover story for Marie Claire, the “Wrecking Ball” singer revealed that she has become friends with the “I Am Cait" star. "We've talked a lot about how you can never make every single person happy,” Cyrus told the magazine. “We always laugh about people saying she transitioned to be famous. Which is crazy. Caitlyn has to tell her story, because if she doesn't, everyone else is going to tell it for her.” It seems natural that the two became friends, since Cyrus has been vocal in her support of the reality star after she went public with her transition earlier this summer. Not only was the pop star was one of the first celebs to congratulate Jenner on her Vanity Fair cover, but she also paid tribute to the 65-year-old by transforming her cover photo into artwork, which she auctioned off for charity. Cyrus also opened up about her time as a child star on the hit Disney series “Hannah Montana” — and divulged that she had a rough time playing the squeaky-clean teen sensation. "From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,'” the star said. “Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like ‘Toddlers & Tiaras.’ I had f---ing flippers." The “We Can’t Stop” singer said that filming the show, which ran for four seasons before ending in 2011, also gave her body-image issues. "I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show,” she recalled. “I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner plays tennis in latest ‘I am Cait’ promo

Caitlyn Jenner is a former Olympian - but she's learning that some sports come with a new set of challenges for women. The 65-year-old star formerly known as Bruce Jenner plays tennis in the latest promo for the upcoming E! docu-series "I am Cait" - and she makes an amusing observation. "Now I know why girls need a sports bra!" she proclaims in the teaser. Jenner also clinks wine glasses with loved ones in the new ad, then gets glammed up and jokes that she's the family's new "authority on hair and makeup." And when she shows off an elegant black dress to Kim Kardashian, her stepdaughter breaks the news that "Mom has that." The series premieres on July 26. The new promo comes on the same day that Jenner will be presented Arthur Ashe Courage Award at Wednesday night's 2015 ESPYs on ABC. "I think Caitlyn's decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman and live as Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance," ESPYs producer Maura Mandt told Sports Illustrated. See full coverage of the ESPYs on nydailynews.com. Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner is the new face of H&M Sport

Caitlyn Jenner announced she is working with H&M on their athletic line in the manner the rest of her family has perfected -- an Instagram with behind-the-scenes image.In a pair of black leggings and trainers with flowing hair swept to the side, Jenner teases the partnership saying there will be more to come. Oh, we're sure there will be, and not just with H&M. She is finally a full, active member of the family business, and it's about time.Remember the days when Jenner was a background player in Keeping Up With the Kardashians, hiding a bit from the camera and the limelight? It feels so fitting -- now that she says she's comfortable in her own skin -- that she's become the star of her own show and getting in on the product lines and endorsements.Like daughter Kylie, she's entered the makeup world with MAC and has a signature lipstick coming out on April 7. Named Finally Free, the shade is an everyday, rosy nude hue, which Jenner said was purposefully designed to be universal. She explained the very personal inspiration behind the name in an interview with MAC.Yes, Caitlyn, you really are. Continue Reading

Buzz Bissinger, author of Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair cover story, bought and wore women’s clothes, makeup while battling addiction

The man who wrote the Vanity Fair cover story on Caitlyn Jenner has walked in her shoes. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger penned the prose to accompanyAnnie Liebovwitz's provocative photos of the former Bruce Jennerin the July 2015 issue of the magazine, and Bissinger isn't a stranger to a life in transition. MORE: CAITLYN JENNER'S MOM ESTHER REACTS TO 'BEAUTIFUL' VANITY FAIR COVER: 'I STILL HAVE TO CALL HIM BRUCE' Two years ago, Bissinger, who wrote "Friday Night Lights" revealed in an essay in GQ that he had a shopping addiction and spent thousands on clothes — Gucci and leather were his vices — often buying women's attire. "Some of the clothing is men's. Some is women's. I make no distinction," Bissinger, who was 58 at the time, wrote. "Men's fashion is catching up, with high-end retailers such as Gucci and Burberry and Versace finally honoring us. But women's fashion is still infinitely more interesting and has an unfair monopoly on feeling sexy, and if the clothing you wear makes you feel the way you want to feel, liberated and alive, then f--king wear it. The opposite, to repress yourself as I did for the first fifty-five years of my life, is the worst price of all to pay. The United States is a country that has raged against enlightenment since 1776; puritanism, the guiding lantern, has cast its withering judgment on anything outside the narrow societal mainstream. Think it's easy to be different in America? Try something as benign as wearing stretch leather leggings or knee-high boots if you are a man." Jenner undoubtedly hand-picked every person who was involved in the VF story, and Bissinger's open mind and own experience coupled with his background in sports may have paved the way to his getting the sought-after exclusive. MORE: KIM KARDASHIAN IS PROUD OF HER STEPDAD'S TRANSITION TO CAITLYN JENNER In the GQ piece, Bissinger admitted to Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner promo for new docu-series ‘I am Cait’ drops

Caitlyn Jenner is welcoming fans into her new life. The E! Network dropped the first promo for Jenner's upcoming eight-part one-hour docu-series, titled "I am Cait," Wednesday. MORE: CAITLYN JENNER'S STYLISTS REVEAL INSPIRATION FOR VANITY FAIR COVER SHOOT The clip shows the 65-year-old star, who just introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair Monday as a female, getting ready for her day. "So many people go through life and they never deal with their own issues, whatever those issues are. Ours happens to be gender identity but how many people go through life and just waste an entire life because they never deal with themselves to be who they are?" Jenner questions in the voice-over. "You go through all this stuff and you start learning kind of the pressure that women are under all the time about their appearance," she continues as she sits at her vanity inside her home. MORE: CAITLYN JENNER COULD BECOME WEALTHIER THAN THE KARDASHIANS, EXPERTS SAY "I never had, until a couple of weeks ago, actually a professional do my makeup- what a difference,” Jenner says as she looks directly at the camera showing off her stunning made-up face. The teaser then shows the moment that Jenner drives "out in to the world" as a woman for the first time. MORE: CAITLYN JENNER'S MOM ESTHER TELLS THE DAILY NEWS: I WILL LEARN TO STOP CALLING MY CHILD 'BRUCE' "I am the new normal," she adds to a pal in the passenger seat. "I am Cait" premieres Sunday, July 26 on E!. ON A MOBILE DEVICE?WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner: E!’s ‘I Am Cait’ promo reaches over 4.5 million views in 24 hours

She broke the Internet. The trailer for Caitlyn Jenner’s new show “I Am Cait” reached over 4.5 million video views just 24 hours after it launched, according to the E! network, which dropped the promo Wednesday. SNOOP DOGG'S CAITLYN JENNER 'SCIENCE PROJECT' MEME SPARKS SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE The eight-part documentary series will chronicle Jenner’s life as a transgender woman telling her intimate story as she finds her “new normal.” In the teaser, Jenner is doing her makeup at her Malibu home and asks, “How many people go through life and just waste an entire life because they never deal with themselves or be who they are?” KIM KARDASHIAN SAYS BROTHER ROB DIDN'T RECOGNIZE CAITLYN JENNER ON VANITY FAIR COVER: 'WHO IS THIS WOMAN?' The world met the 65-year-old woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner Monday when Vanity Fair debuted a corset-clad Caitlyn on the cover. The 22-page spread also featured an in-depth interview addressing the Olympian’s decision on genital surgery and her regrets in past marriages and parenthood. CAITLYN JENNER'S MOM ESTHER TELLS THE DAILY NEWS: I WILL LEARN TO STOP CALLING MY CHILD 'BRUCE' “To be able to wake up in the morning, be yourself, get dressed, get ready to go out, and just be like a normal person — that’s a wonderful feeling to go through life,” she told Vanity Fair. Jenner’s 4.5 million views soars in comparison to the 1.4 million viewers who tuned into the first episode of season 10 of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” “I Am Cait” airs Sunday, July 26, at 9 p.m. on E! ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner’s new looks have style experts praising her beauty and clothes

Caitlyn Jenner threw some curves — and, man, does she look great! Completing her transition from Wheaties box to cover girl, Jenner’s Vanity Fair spread sends one powerful, brave message: Kiss Bruce goodbye. The 65-year-old poses like chestnut-maned Cindy Crawford donning a custom, 36B corset on the cover of the magazine. Inside, the former Olympian channels other feminine icons and chooses stunning dresses. CAITLYN JENNER REVEALED AS BRUCE'S NEW NAME IN VANITY FAIR WITH STUNNING PHOTO “She looks amazing,” says celebrity stylist Robert Verdiappearing on the upcoming "Brides Gone Styled" makeover series. “If Jessica Lange, Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford and Jaclyn Smith were combined in a blender and poured out, this is who you would get. She’s very sexy and seductive and youthful.” Tai Beauchamp from the new TLC series “Dare to Wear” was also floored. “This is unbelievable. Wow! She looks really great,” she raves. “She looks a lot more refined than I thought she would.” The frumpy striped maxi dress that Jenner wore in April is long gone. But it wasn’t replaced with some of Kim Kardashian exhibitionism. Even though Jenner’s stepdaughter has helped curate her new closet, the look is all class. The 22-page Vanity Fair spread shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases Jenner in glamorous ensembles, including a dramatic off-the-shoulder Zac Posen evening gown, a figure hugging red Donna Karan power dress and a sexy Agent Provocateur bustier. Only the cover, which has Jenner in a $200 Edy corset by Trashy Lingerie, was released Monday. The rest will hit newstands June 9. “Doing this shoot was about my life, and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare,” Jenner says in a Vanity Fair video. The style world was taken by surprise, too. A well-placed insider tells the Daily News that the magazine Continue Reading

Caitlyn Jenner’s stylists reveal inspiration for Vanity Fair cover shoot

For Caitlyn Jenner's big reveal on the cover of Vanity Fair, stylists took their cues from one particularly iconic cover girl. "We looked to Cindy Crawford's hair for inspiration, which is always glamorous but natural-looking," hairstylist Oribe explained in the glossy mag's behind-the-scenes look at Jenner's cover shoot. "I wanted to create a glamorous look that I normally do for any woman, and sexuality was very important in this context," the hairdressing mogul said. "Bruce was one of the sexiest men alive, and I thought it was equally as important for Caitlyn to be a sexy woman," he said. Hairdresser Oribe said he looked to Cindy Crawford (r.) as inspiration for Caitlyn Jenner's (l.) Vanity Fair cover. Meanwhile, the shoot's makeup artist, Mark Carrasquillo, said his goal was to give the 65-year-old Olympian a soft look that highlighted her naturally stunning facial features, rather than contour her like a Kardashian. "I didn't want her to look like a man in a dress. I wanted her to look like a beautiful 65-year-old woman," Carrasquillo said. Celeb stylists who spoke to the News hailed the job. "She looks amazing," stylist Robert Verdi told the News Monday. "If Jessica Lange, Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford and Jaclyn Smith were combined in a blender and poured out, this is who you would get. She's very sexy and seductive and youthful." To achieve the classy look, the VF crew, which included celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, turned to a battery of top shelf beauty products, many from their own signature lines. The red nail polish she used: Lady Is a Tramp. "And of course Caitlyn laughed when I told her the name of the shade," Lippmann explained with a chuckle. Oribe, a Cuban-born stylist who has tended to the tresses of scores of A-list cover girls, called the gig an experience he won't soon forget. "This was such an important shoot for me in my career, Continue Reading