Bruce Jenner introduced the world to Caitlyn, the Olympian’s female identity, on the new cover of Vanity Fair on Monday.
Jenner, 65, wears her hair in loose curls and poses in a white bustier corset in her first portrait since transitioning from male to female.
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life,’ ” she tells Vanity Fair.
In a video that accompanies the Vanity Fair article, Jenner says, “The last few days in doing this shoot was about my life.
And who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium.
It’s not about going down the street and everybody giving me ‘Thataboy, Bruce!’ Pat on the back, Ok? This about your life.
Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day he always had a secret from morning till night.
Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
“People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me,” Jenner added.
“That female side is part of me. That’s who I am … My brain is much more female than it is male,” he added. “It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.”
The former Olympian first announced the transition from man to a woman during an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer back on April 24.