Caitlyn Jenner Is Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person Of 2015 …

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Caitlyn Jenner Is Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person Of 2015 — Deservedly & To The Surprise Of No One.

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out may have pushed trans issues onto the international agenda – but that doesn’t mean she’s necessarily the best LGBTI role model.In what shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who paid attention to the news this year, Walters named Caitlyn Jenner as her Most Fascinating Person of 2015 in her annual televised special, Barbara Walters Presents: The Most Fascinating People of 2015. Jenner annoyed plenty of women last month when, after being named Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year, she said the hardest part about being a woman was “figuring out what to wear”. So America scratched its collective head during this year’s telecast, which aired Thursday on ABC, wondering who would nab the legendary newswoman’s top spot.

Caitlyn has had an incredible year marked by her courageous story of transitioning from a man to a woman, which was all documented on Barbara’s Dec. 17 special. Amy Schumer, Bradley Cooper, Tracy Morgan, Misty Copeland, Bernie Sanders, Donna Karan, Ronda Rousey, Jeff Bezos and Donald Trump filled the first nine positions, all leading up to the big reveal. Many trans people have rightly pointed out to Jenner that it is much harder for trans people to look the way they want when they don’t have the ridiculous amount of money she has to pay for her clothes, hair, surgery, etc.

In case you ignored the headline and photo of this article, Caitlyn Jenner — the athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner — was the final name revealed. Then, in June, she made her debut as Caitlyn on a now iconic cover of Vanity Fair — but this was only the beginning for the strides she would make in the transgender community. Being the patriarch of the Kardashian/Jenner family, Caitlyn took her level of fame and turned it into a platform of advocacy for those with similar stories as hers.

And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way,” she wrote. “Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don’t want to conform to society’s expectations. As a celebrity for many years, even before Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jenner has had certain privileges in her life, which have been scrutinized during her transition throughout the latter half of 2015. And while it’s important to note that Jenner isn’t like the vast majority of people when it comes to fame and wealth, particularly in terms of being a spokesperson for trans issues, it shouldn’t take away from the bravery Jenner has shown by attempting to live as her truest self. As Walters said, Jenner is a “lightning rod” for controversy, but I dare anyone to say that she doesn’t deserve the title of “Most Fascinating” for 2015.

Barbara put it perfectly: “Through her transformation, she transformed society this year.” Being No. 1 is always a big deal, but in the case of 2015’s Most Fascinating list, Caitlyn should be extremely flattered — she beat out some pretty big names. All of these people are my brothers and my sisters, and I am fighting alongside them, too.” Following the apology, trans writer Brynn Tannehill penned an open letter to Jenner, published on Huffington Post, advising her to “take a sabbatical to go experience the things necessary to understand the community” before she acts as a spokesperson. “You won’t be able to understand where most queer people are coming from until you understand our absolute dread of conservative, republican politicians… My only wish with Jenner is that she chose to spell her name “Caitlin” (like mine), but I can forgive her for it since I know that beyond 2015, Jenner will continue to help the world understand the complexities of the trans community — and by bringing more awareness, hopefully more acceptance will follow.

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