'I'm free': Caitlyn Jenner goes public with new identity
Published Monday, June 1, 2015 1:14PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 1, 2015 8:01PM EDT
Bruce Jenner has revealed a new look and a new name in her first public photos since transitioning to a woman.
The 65-year-old former track-and-field star won praise from celebrities and activists when she revealed she was transitioning from a man to a woman in April.
In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer at that time, Jenner said she hadn't yet chosen a specific female name.
On Monday, Vanity Fair revealed Jenner's new name: Caitlyn.
The magazine posted a photo to Twitter of its July cover, shot by fashion and celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Jenner, with long, curly hair, is seen sitting on a stool in a white bustier body suit. The headline reads "Call me Caitlyn."
The magazine also posted a "behind the scenes" video to YouTube showing Leibovitz snapping shots of Jenner in several low-cut dresses. The photo shoot took place at Jenner's home in Malibu, Calif.
"Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie," Jenner says in the video.
"Every day he always had a secret, from morning until night. Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free."
According to Vanity Fair, Jenner compared posing for the cover to winning her Olympic gold medal.
Shortly after the Vanity Fair post, Jenner took to Twitter to send her first message to fans under the new name. By Monday evening, the account had more than 1.2 million followers.
"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."
Jenner is currently working on an untitled documentary series chronicling her transition, scheduled to air at the end of July.
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.— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015