Huge news for the Kardashian-Jenner clan, y'all, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Kylie Jenner's lips. According to multiple sources, Bruce Jenner might appear on Vanity Fair's cover, which will supposedly be shot by arguably the most famous photographer alive, Annie Leibovitz. If the rumors of this cover are true, I am so excited for him, and for all of us, really. Ever since he opened up about his transition and lifelong struggles with gender identity, I've been waiting patiently to finally meet "Her." And Vanity Fair a la Liebovitz is pretty much as grand a way to make an introduction as there is. This Vanity Fair cover would be the 65-year-old's first photo shoot presenting as a woman, and it is rumored to be slated for release later this summer.
Bustle has reached out to both Vanity Fair and Jenner's reps to confirm, but have yet to hear back.
If the exciting news is true, there are a lot of questions I need to know immediately: I wonder what the wardrobe will be? Did Jenner have the chance to work with designers of his choice? I also want to know where it will be shot and what the overall vibe is going to be like. As you can tell, I'm seriously excited about the possibility of this cover. The rumors are still unsubstantiated, but our fingers are crossed. Here are 5 reasons I hope this all turns out to be actually happening.
1. It would be incredibly important to have a transgender woman on the cover of a publication of that level (duh)
Quite simply, it's incredibly significant for a transgender woman to be in a space like this. People are trained to respond to the presence of people in certain spaces with certain connotations; someone on the cover of Vanity Fair is almost implicitly meant to be considered beautiful and important and very valid as a human, because those are the kind of people who end up on the cover of Vanity Fair. When a space like that broadens their inclusivity, those internalized responses people have to what they see on those covers can suddenly become a powerful tool for the very groups that were once marginalized by being excluded from spaces like that. People will see Jenner on this cover and possibly become more accepting of the idea that this, too, is what a beautiful woman looks like.
I feel like this is an obvious point of excitement — notice the "duh." Having a transgender woman on the cover of Vanity Fair would mean something in terms of how mainstream the conversation about gender has become in this country — and putting Jenner's face at the forefront of that statement is a fitting testament to what it's meant for him to have generously, bravely let the world experience this transition with him and his family. What started as an industry that only accepted a small group of people has changed into something more. And giving Jenner the cover would really make that point clear.
2. It's amazing to have a woman over 60 on the cover
While younger women almost can't escape being thought of and viewed as aesthetic, sexual objects, older women are often marginalized and rarely celebrated in the beautiful way the Leibovitz + Vanity Fair would undoubtedly bring to this shoot. You simply don't get to see very many gorgeous shoots of awesome women on the covers of major magazines. I mean, you saw the 20/20 interview, and how commanding and intelligent and composed Diane Sawyer was in her black pumps, white shirt, and black pants — she looks incredibly fashionable, but when was the last time you saw her on the cover of a major fashion magazine? In an industry that tends to really focus on age, and often pushes people out because they're doing something that we all do at some point and can't ignore, getting someone over 60 on the cover will leave a great message about women, aging, and beauty.
3. Annie Leibovitz is obviously a badass
She just finished a really cool Stars Wars cover, and if you know anything about her, you know that's definitely not her first time. Anything shot by Leibovitz is never worth being sad about, no matter who it is of. But obviously, the fact that it would be Jenner might make it that much more badass because, really, if you put two proven overachievers in a room together, magic is unavoidably going to happen.
4. It'll continue the Kardashian-Jenner takeover
Everyone loves to hate the Kardashian-Jenner clan, but I feel like high fashion had it out for them the most. Now, it's like you can't think about fashion without thinking about one of the girls. So putting Jenner on the cover of one of the highest of high fashion magazines would equal a direct "suck it" to Anna Wintour and every other gatekeeper of the fashion world who turned their noses up at this tirelessly enterprising family for so many years.
5. It's fricken Vanity Fair, you guys!
Have I not made myself clear on how cool this would be? Come on, plz, make it happen. Do it for me. Plzzzzzzzz.
Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair would be a tremendous win for both the LGBT community, cisgender people who are continually reaping the benefit of Jenner graciously opening up his transition for public education, women everywhere from seeing a woman over the age of 60 doing on a cover like this, and — let's be honest — a win for Vanity Fair, because this thing will sell like crazy if it happens (which it seriously better).
Editor’s Note: Per Jenner’s stated preference, Bustle will continue referring to Jenner using he/his pronouns for the time being. We will follow his lead and make any changes to this policy as needed in the future.
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