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TRANS WOMAN BRUCE JENNER DEBUTS AS CAITLYN IN VANITY FAIR (COVER PHOTO)


Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in a va-va-voom fashion in the July issue of Vanity Fair. "Call me Caitlyn," declares a headline on the cover, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool. The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. Prior to the unveiling of Caitlyn, Jenner had said he prefers the pronoun "he," but Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the accompanying story, refers to "she."  Jenner debuted a new Twitter account as well with: "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me." In about 45 minutes, the account had more than 180,000 followers. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner react to Caitlyn Jenner


Kendall and Kim --APPROVAL: Kendall and Kim-- Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner received approval from local celebrities.  NEW YORK — Caitlyn Jenner's loved ones were among numerous well-wishers to support her coming out Monday in Vanity Fair. Her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted: "How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!" Khloe Kardashian declared: "We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn ." The third K sister, Kourtney, chimed in: "Freedom! Stunning." Jenner daughter Kendall Jenner added "be free now pretty bird." Her little sister Kylie Jenner took to Instagram with the cover and this sentiment: "My angel on earth!" Among others to welcome Caitlyn — and her new Twitter handle @Caitlyn_Jenner — were Lady Gaga, who tweeted: "thanku for being a part of all of our lives & using your platform to change people's minds."  The White House re-tweeted Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama's sentiment: "Nice to meet you, @Caitlyn_Jenner. The brave choice to live as your authentic self is a powerful example to so many."  The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization GLAAD promptly issued tips and terminology for referring to transgender people. "By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD's president and CEO. From the fashion world, designer Zac Posen offered: "Be who you are and feel beautiful." And from TV land, Jesse Tyler Ferguson represented with a reference to another famous magazine cover, that of Paper, Kim Kardashian and her famous arc of Champagne from bottle to derriere: "CaitlynJenner has truly broken the Internet. What a moment.'" THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: KC Concepcion hopes to settle rift with mother Sharon Cuneta


KC Concepcion refuses to elaborate the "issue" between her and her mother Sharon Cuneta. "I want to keep family affairs private," she said during the opening of her photo exhibit at the SM Megamall on Monday. June 1. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith
 KC Concepcion admitted that she and mother Sharon Cuneta have been going through some issues for a while now. The revelation came during the opening of KC’s photo exhibit titled “KCxMN #PHxNepal” Monday. When asked about her mom Sharon and her recent opinion on the ABS-CBN actress’ sexy photos, KC said she would want to keep mum on the issue to protect her family. However, KC also indirectly confirmed the reported rift between her and the Megastar. She said, “We’re mother and daughter. I will love my mom. My mom is my mom forever so I will love her forever. As any mother and daughter, we have… you know, we’re not perfect.”  “To protect her, ayoko na magsalita at palakihin ang issue. And because I love my family, I feel na… I’m very hopeful na whatever we’ve been going through for a very long time now will be fixed,” KC further explained explained. But the 30-year-old actress refused to elaborate on the issue and kept mum on what caused the rift between her and her mom. “I want to keep family affairs private. For me, and this is just me, to protect my family and to protect my mom, I would like to keep our family affairs private,” KC explained. READ MORE...

ALSO: Philippine premiere for ‘Taklub’


(FROM LEFT) French Ambassador Gilles Garachon, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Senator Loren Legarda, Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza The advocacy film “Taklub,” starring Superstar Nora Aunor and directed by Cannes Best Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza had its red carpet Philippine premiere last Wednesday as part of the 20th French Film Festival gala night. Aunor, Mendoza and Sen. Loren Legarda, the principal advocate of the film project, together with the French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon, led the enthusiastic crowd who trooped to Greenbelt for the premiere showing. A critically acclaimed French film entitled “La Famille Belier” was also screened as part of the festival opener. It’s an enjoyable film, very much Filipino in that it highlights family values. The movie is about a family of four, with the parents and the son being deaf. Only the daughter can hear so everyone depends on her. Complications arise when the daughter was offered the chance to become a singer in Paris. Will she take it and leave her family? Going back to “Taklub,” which was awarded the Ecumenical Jury honor at Cannes, the film earned positive reviews from international critics especially with regards to Aunor’s understated but powerful performance as a mother who lost her children to super-typhoon “Yolanda.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: UK royals release first official Princess Charlotte photos with brother George


This image made available by Kensington Palace Saturday, June 6, 2015, taken by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at Anmer Hall, eastern England in mid-May 2015 shows Britain's Princess Charlotte, right, being held by her brother, 2-year-old, Prince George. Britain’s royals have been photographed by some of the world's leading photographers. But Prince William and Kate are continuing a more informal tradition begun two years ago with the first official portrait of Prince George, taken by his grandfather Michael Middleton. Charlotte was born May 2 and is fourth in line to the throne. Duchess of Cambridge via AP  READ, WATCH MORE...

ALSO At 1st yr anniv: Heart, Chiz to renew wedding vows in 2016 to be witnessed by Heart's parents


Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero will renew their wedding vows on 2016 that will be witnessed by Heart's parents. Philstar.com/ RP Ocampo
Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero will renew their vows on 2016. The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in their house in Quezon City by renewing their vows that will be attended by Heart's parents Cecile and Reynaldo Ongpauco. "It’s not a full-blown wedding. It’s just a renewal of vows," said the senator in an interview in a radio program on Friday. Heart's parents missed their daughter's wedding in Balesin Island Club in Quezon province due to their objection to her relationship with the senator. Recently, however, they have settled their rift after Heart's parents reached out to them. READ: Chiz settles rift with Heart’s parents “Mas mahalaga masaya si Heart dahil matagal na niyang binibitbit at pinapasan ito. Malaking tinik ang nabunot sa kanya," he said about their recent reconciliation. After the said dinner, the couple went out with Heart's parents again to celebrate her mom's birthday. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Lifestyle: The modern family - The Kardashians


Art by Elle Shivers 
Anyone who openly disses the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians as dumb-blonde-entertainment has probably not spent enough time watching it. I mean, it’s easy to brush off their material as trivial — and sometimes it really is just a guilty pleasure watching the girls get their butts tightened. But whereas the early ‘70s had The Brady Bunch, or the 20th century had 7th Heaven, the Kardashians are our version of a modern family. Every episode ends with some kind of didactic undertone, anyway. This is a real family, after all, and despite their superficial pursuits, or the dummy conflicts probably whipped up by a show writer, there is still an actual family behind all the glass and smoke. They’ve continually had to deal with family drama in front of the camera, for all their two million viewers to see. Such as: • When Kourtney’s boyfriend, Scott Disick, was coming home sloshed, doing drugs and being an absent father to their first son Mason, the family pulled together to help smack some sense into him. Now, Kourtney and Scott (post-rehab) have three kids. • When Khloe’s ex-husband Lamar Odom suddenly became detached from her life, and disappeared for months, it was her sisters who pleaded with Khloe to stop allowing herself to be hurt, and urged her to find the courage to file for divorce. • When Kylie, the youngest, had her lips puffed because they were her biggest insecurity — and the media began to hound her with questions — it was Kim who met up with the young Kylie face-to-face to tell her not to lie about it, to acknowledge instead that everyone has their own insecurities (this was a full episode that focused on insecurities, and how it was normal to have them). READ MORE...


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Trans woman Bruce Jenner debuts Caitlyn in Vanity Fair

NEW YORK, JUNE 8, 2015 (PHILSTAR) (Associated Press) | Updated June 2, 2015 - Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in a va-va-voom fashion in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

"Call me Caitlyn," declares a headline on the cover, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool.

The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. Prior to the unveiling of Caitlyn, Jenner had said he prefers the pronoun "he," but Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the accompanying story, refers to "she."

Jenner debuted a new Twitter account as well with: "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me." In about 45 minutes, the account had more than 180,000 followers.


In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman on the cover for the July 2015 issue of Vanity Fair. The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File

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According to the magazine, which took to Twitter with the cover Monday, Jenner spoke emotionally about her gender journey: "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.'"

The photo was shot at Jenner's Malibu, California, home and comes on the heels of her two-hour ABC interview with Diane Sawyer in which she confirmed her transition to a woman.

The much-anticipated "20/20" interview on April 24 was watched by more than 17.1 million viewers.

The Olympian who married and divorced reality show "momager" Kris Jenner has appeared for years on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."


'EVERYDAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE A SECRET FROM MORNING TILL NIGHT. CAITLYN DOESN'T HAVE ANY SECRET. SOON AS THE 'VANITY FAIR' COVER COMES OUT I'M FREE!'

Jenner's own still untitled docu-series chronicling her transition is scheduled for the same network, E!, beginning July 26.

In addition to the corset, Vanity Fair released a black-and-white video on the making of the cover. It shows Jenner getting her hair done and posing in a long, off-the-shoulder gown with ample cleavage.

"Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets," Jenner narrates. "As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free."


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Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner react to Caitlyn Jenner By Leanne Italie (Associated Press) | Updated June 2, 2015 - 11:15am


APPROVAL: Kendall and Kim-- Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner received approval from local celebrities. 

NEW YORK — Caitlyn Jenner's loved ones were among numerous well-wishers to support her coming out Monday in Vanity Fair.

Her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted: "How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!"

Khloe Kardashian declared: "We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn ." The third K sister, Kourtney, chimed in: "Freedom! Stunning."

Jenner daughter Kendall Jenner added "be free now pretty bird." Her little sister Kylie Jenner took to Instagram with the cover and this sentiment: "My angel on earth!"

Among others to welcome Caitlyn — and her new Twitter handle @Caitlyn_Jenner — were Lady Gaga, who tweeted: "thanku for being a part of all of our lives & using your platform to change people's minds."

The White House re-tweeted Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama's sentiment: "Nice to meet you, @Caitlyn_Jenner. The brave choice to live as your authentic self is a powerful example to so many."

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization GLAAD promptly issued tips and terminology for referring to transgender people.

"By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD's president and CEO.

From the fashion world, designer Zac Posen offered: "Be who you are and feel beautiful." And from TV land, Jesse Tyler Ferguson represented with a reference to another famous magazine cover, that of Paper, Kim Kardashian and her famous arc of Champagne from bottle to derriere:

"CaitlynJenner has truly broken the Internet. What a moment.'"


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KC Concepcion hopes to settle rift with mother Sharon Cuneta By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated June 2, 2015 - 12:17am


KC Concepcion refuses to elaborate the "issue" between her and her mother Sharon Cuneta. "I want to keep family affairs private," she said during the opening of her photo exhibit at the SM Megamall on Monday. June 1. Philstar.com/Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines – KC Concepcion admitted that she and mother Sharon Cuneta have been going through some issues for a while now.

The revelation came during the opening of KC’s photo exhibit titled “KCxMN #PHxNepal” Monday.

WATCH: KC Concepcion talks about reported rift with mom Sharon

When asked about her mom Sharon and her recent opinion on the ABS-CBN actress’ sexy photos, KC said she would want to keep mum on the issue to protect her family.

However, KC also indirectly confirmed the reported rift between her and the Megastar.

She said, “We’re mother and daughter. I will love my mom. My mom is my mom forever so I will love her forever. As any mother and daughter, we have… you know, we’re not perfect.”

“To protect her, ayoko na magsalita at palakihin ang issue. And because I love my family, I feel na… I’m very hopeful na whatever we’ve been going through for a very long time now will be fixed,” KC further explained explained.

But the 30-year-old actress refused to elaborate on the issue and kept mum on what caused the rift between her and her mom.

“I want to keep family affairs private. For me, and this is just me, to protect my family and to protect my mom, I would like to keep our family affairs private,” KC explained.

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When asked how she is feeling about the issue, KC turned coy and answers, “How am I feeling about the exhibit? I’m so happy.”

KC talked to members of the press to promote “KCxMN #PHxNepal,” her photo exhibit with Mark Nicdao at the Mega Atrium of SM Megamall. The proceeds of the exhibit, which features photos of KC and Mark during their previous travels to Nepal, will go to the United Nations World Food Programme. It will run until Tuesday, June 2.

Did she ask Sharon to support her exhibit? KC said her stepfather Kiko Pangilinan and her sisters Frankie and Miel will go to the exhibit on Tuesday. She also texted her mother about it.

“Siyempre supportive naman yung mommy ko,” she said.

KC described her mother Sharon as “protective.”

“Para siyang lion, ‘di ba,” she said.

“Parang mommy ko lang, para siyang lion protecting her cubs,” KC said as she compared Sharon to one of the photographs in the exhibit.

Reports that there is currently a "gap" between KC and Sharon surfaced after the "Your Face Sounds Familiar" judge expressed via social media her dismay over her daughter's sexy photos. Her comments on her Facebook page hinted that the issue may be more than just about the sexy photos.

READ: Sharon Cuneta - There are things worse in life than sexy poses


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Philippine premiere for ‘Taklub’ by Crispina Martinez - Belen June 5, 2015


(FROM LEFT) French Ambassador Gilles Garachon, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Senator Loren Legarda, Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza

The advocacy film “Taklub,” starring Superstar Nora Aunor and directed by Cannes Best Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza had its red carpet Philippine premiere last Wednesday as part of the 20th French Film Festival gala night.

Aunor, Mendoza and Sen. Loren Legarda, the principal advocate of the film project, together with the French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon, led the enthusiastic crowd who trooped to Greenbelt for the premiere showing.

A critically acclaimed French film entitled “La Famille Belier” was also screened as part of the festival opener. It’s an enjoyable film, very much Filipino in that it highlights family values.

The movie is about a family of four, with the parents and the son being deaf. Only the daughter can hear so everyone depends on her. Complications arise when the daughter was offered the chance to become a singer in Paris. Will she take it and leave her family?

Going back to “Taklub,” which was awarded the Ecumenical Jury honor at Cannes, the film earned positive reviews from international critics especially with regards to Aunor’s understated but powerful performance as a mother who lost her children to super-typhoon “Yolanda.”

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Amid the drama, Mendoza was able to feature disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures such as early warning systems, mangrove reforestation, preemptive evacuation and designating no-build zones.

“You will see the creative genius of an artist mainstreaming DRR and climate change adaptation in a feature film. The way the story was told was not so direct. There’s so much symbolism and it is very touching,” Sen. Legarda said.

She expressed hope that other filmmakers would look into doing advocacy films like “Taklub,” which she described as “a feature film with a message that not only educates but also improves how we live our life.”

Also starring Julio Diaz and Lou Veloso among others “Taklub” was produced by DENR in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency.

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FAMILY REALITY SHOW GOES GLOBAL


THE GUTIERREZES

Through The Filipino Channel (TFC), Asia’s first reality family series “It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez” (ITGTBAG) goes global by today, June 6.

It will start airing on the Lifestyle Network on June 26.

To unfold worldwide is the first two seasons of the show. The third season will start airing on E! this July.

At a recent press conference, the Gutierrez siblings expressed excitement over the show going global, even as they had to endure Annabelle’s innuendos about her and Ruffa’s still unresolved feud.

Ruffa said: “I’m so glad all my friends from all over the world will be able to see me and family via the show…”

Richard and Raymond echoed the sentiment. Even Annabelle expressed joy that “makikita na ako ng mga fans worldwide – sa America, all of Asia, Australia and the Middle East – through TFC and Lifestyle Network.”

The Gutierrez family promised that Season 3 would be the most exciting of all as it shows more family drama, flirtations and fights.

The reality show is directed by Australian Karren Appathural Wiggins of “Australia’s Got Talent,” “Big Brother Australia” and “Real Housewives Of Melbourne.”

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TIDBITS: Happy b-day greetings today, June 6, go to Greg Lerma, Monette Flores, and Director Dante Nico Garcia… June 7: Dr. John Cenica, Bobby Yalong, Maria Montes, Helen Barzaga, Eve Sarmiento, Adelaida Y. Martinez, Ester Legaspi and Bobby Ignacio… June 8: Jacky Atienza, Chuchi Purisima, Linda de Leon, Caliope Chua-Goteok, Wilma Cruz Tapalla, Julie Ang, Elvira Ramos Venegas, Japoy Lizardo and my better-half, Director Leonardo Q. Belen… Happy wedding anniversary to ep. Conrad and Sandra Estrella 111, Rene and Flor Ragunton; Serge and Tina Valencia and Prandy and Chiqui Yulo…


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UK royals release first official Princess Charlotte photos (Associated Press) | Updated June 7, 2015 - 10:12am


This image made available by Kensington Palace Saturday, June 6, 2015, taken by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at Anmer Hall, eastern England in mid-May 2015 shows Britain's Princess Charlotte, right, being held by her brother, 2-year-old, Prince George. Britain’s royals have been photographed by some of the world's leading photographers. But Prince William and Kate are continuing a more informal tradition begun two years ago with the first official portrait of Prince George, taken by his grandfather Michael Middleton. Charlotte was born May 2 and is fourth in line to the throne. Duchess of Cambridge via AP

LONDON — Britain's royal family has released the first official photos of month-old Princess Charlotte, photographed by her mother in the arms of elder brother Prince George.

Kensington Palace issued four images Saturday, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in mid-May at Anmer Hall, the family's home in eastern England.

They show Charlotte propped on a pillow, cradled by George, who turns 2 in July. Charlotte wears a white sweater, the prince a white top trimmed in blue

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Heart, Chiz to renew wedding vows in 2016 By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated June 5, 2015 - 6:49pm


Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero will renew their wedding vows on 2016 that will be witnessed by Heart's parents. Philstar.com/ RP Ocampo

MANILA, Philippines - Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero will renew their vows on 2016.

The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in their house in Quezon City by renewing their vows that will be attended by Heart's parents Cecile and Reynaldo Ongpauco.

"It’s not a full-blown wedding. It’s just a renewal of vows," said the senator in an interview in a radio program on Friday.

Heart's parents missed their daughter's wedding in Balesin Island Club in Quezon province due to their objection to her relationship with the senator.

Recently, however, they have settled their rift after Heart's parents reached out to them.

READ: Chiz settles rift with Heart’s parents

“Mas mahalaga masaya si Heart dahil matagal na niyang binibitbit at pinapasan ito. Malaking tinik ang nabunot sa kanya," he said about their recent reconciliation.

After the said dinner, the couple went out with Heart's parents again to celebrate her mom's birthday.


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The modern family: The Kardashians EXISTENTIAL BLABBER By Kara Ortiga (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 5, 2015 - 12:00am


Art by Elle Shivers

Anyone who openly disses the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians as dumb-blonde-entertainment has probably not spent enough time watching it. I mean, it’s easy to brush off their material as trivial — and sometimes it really is just a guilty pleasure watching the girls get their butts tightened. But whereas the early ‘70s had The Brady Bunch, or the 20th century had 7th Heaven, the Kardashians are our version of a modern family. Every episode ends with some kind of didactic undertone, anyway.

This is a real family, after all, and despite their superficial pursuits, or the dummy conflicts probably whipped up by a show writer, there is still an actual family behind all the glass and smoke. They’ve continually had to deal with family drama in front of the camera, for all their two million viewers to see. Such as:

• When Kourtney’s boyfriend, Scott Disick, was coming home sloshed, doing drugs and being an absent father to their first son Mason, the family pulled together to help smack some sense into him. Now, Kourtney and Scott (post-rehab) have three kids.

• When Khloe’s ex-husband Lamar Odom suddenly became detached from her life, and disappeared for months, it was her sisters who pleaded with Khloe to stop allowing herself to be hurt, and urged her to find the courage to file for divorce.

• When Kylie, the youngest, had her lips puffed because they were her biggest insecurity — and the media began to hound her with questions — it was Kim who met up with the young Kylie face-to-face to tell her not to lie about it, to acknowledge instead that everyone has their own insecurities (this was a full episode that focused on insecurities, and how it was normal to have them).

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• And when Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner announced first that he and wife Kris Jenner were getting a divorce, and then eventually came out in the open as transgender, the family reacted in the most heartfelt way that families possibly can — with all-out support.

Just this week, Vanity Fair released their cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner, the person formerly known as Bruce, with the headline “Call me Caitlyn.” Her coming out as a transgender woman on television was heartwarming to watch, a feat on its own. But landing the cover of a leading glamour magazine: that was a statement.

You can’t help but feel emotional for Caitlyn. She has been in the public eye for decades as Bruce Jenner. Her whole life was spent trying to fit into a societal standard of masculinity — first as a worldwide hero in sports, and then later as the father figure in a major reality TV show. When Caitlyn came out in the open, it was a shock.

But the shock quickly turned into a bewildered kind of awe, because it takes incredible courage to come out in the open like that. And while Caitlyn’s big reveal tackles many hurdles in the LGBT community, and has effects that will change bigger things in the world, we have to remember that this is a journey that is still very personal as well. In the end, we should, at the least, be happy that one person was able to live with the peace she deserved.

The kids talk of the former Bruce Jenner fondly, and remember him as a doting father. He was the fun one, they say, as home videos of him jumping from the rooftop of the house into a swimming pool, plays. We see him carrying baby Kendall on his shoulders, and showering baby Kylie with kisses. “Remember, Kylie, Daddy loves you,” he says.

On TV, amidst the flurry of his five daughters, he sits there in the corner, timid and stern, but always with an opinion. When Khloe got engaged to Lamar only after one month, and didn’t tell the family, he was upset. When Kendall expressed she wanted to be a supermodel at 14, it was Bruce who interjected, “But she’s only 14.” He was the balance to the more strong-willed Kris. But he was always there, the loving father.

The Vanity Fair cover trumps many things, but an important triumph is that Caitlyn was able to prove that you don’t have fit into the status quo to build a family, to raise good kids, to be a loving parent, or to give selflessly.

His transition into Caitlyn, and her family’s continued love and support, is just further proof as to how good of a parent she is — because to be able to raise your kids with that kind of understanding and tolerance is truly a blessing and an achievement. Kendall, sniffing, says on the show, “He’s gone 65 years hiding something. Why not just be who you want to be?

If that’s her, then that’s her.” Kylie says, “I’m excited for him, I just feel so horrible he always had this inside. And he never fully got to be himself.”

To keep up with the Kardashians, you have to keep up with the times. With each and every controversy they’ve had to face, they manage to brush it off and pull through, on to another season. The family has often dealt and fought with many controversies, showing what kinds of bonds have kept them together, and which are keeping them from falling apart. With the spotlight now on Caitlyn, they are now redefining what makes a family.

Here comes Caitlyn, proud and free. Look at her glow. And there, on the sidelines, watch her loving family cheering her on. Isn’t it a sight to see?


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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