NEW YORK — Caitlyn Jenner took the stage at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year awards and told an admiring crowd that the six months since she came out as a woman have been “the most eye-opening experience of my life.”
Jenner, one of a group of honorees that included actress Reese Witherspoon, ballerina Misty Copeland, designer Victoria Beckham, the victorious U.S. women’s soccer team, and a group of women from Charleston, South Carolina, who suffered great loss in the June church shooting there, also said she believes she was put on Earth to tell her story and perhaps make a difference in the world.
She told the Carnegie Hall crowd Monday evening that before she came out as a woman, she stayed home most of the time, feeling alone. “Now,” she said to cheers, “I actually like going out, and I like being myself.”
“I’m very happy to be living on the other side,” she said.
Jenner described going through “many, many years of isolation” before coming out. Then she sat down with her children to discuss her options. “And I came to the conclusion that, you know what? Maybe this is why God put me on this earth, to tell my story … and maybe make a difference in the world. What a great opportunity in life to have.”
But once she came out publicly, she says she was hit with a slew of questions: What is your style? Who are you going to wear? Are you a feminist?
“I never in a million years ever thought I’d be here,” Jenner noted of the annual Glamour event. “And I’m sure you didn’t either.”