Caitlyn Jenner is the most fascinating person of 2015, says Barbara Walters

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner apologises for saying trans women shouldn’t look like men in dresses.

That makes perfect sense — not only did Jenner’s transition captivate the world, but she sat down for her first major interview earlier this year with Diane Sawyer on ABC.

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. It’s the same network as Walters’s annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special, which aired on Thursday night. “The transformation of Bruce Jenner, who performed heroic feats of endurance in winning the Olympic gold medal for the decathlon, to Caitlyn Jenner, who performed heroic feats involving hair extensions and eye makeup, was fascinating,” Walters announced when she revealed Jenner as her top choice. 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”. This No. 1 pick is a marked improvement over last year, when Walters declared that Amal Clooney was the most fascinating person because she married George Clooney.

Anyway, Walters went on to explain that Jenner made an impact by bringing attention to the “grim reality of life” for transgender people and working to help bring change. “Through her own transformation, Caitlyn Jenner transformed society this year. 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.

The rest of the list included Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump; actress Amy Schumer; comedian Tracy Morgan; ballet dancer Misty Copeland; designer Donna Karan; UFC fighter Ronda Rousey; Amazon CEO (and owner of The Washington Post) Jeff Bezos; Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders; and actor Bradley Cooper. 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. 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…

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