It's safe to say that when Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover was revealed last week, it did #BreakTheInternet. No, not in the same way as stepdaughter Kim Kardashian's Paper mag shoot... But Jenner's cover was everywhere and rightfully so. Caitlyn's debut into the public eye resulted in a ton of praise and support — ranging from President Obama to her own family. Sure, there was some disappointing Internet backlash (*cough, cough* Drake Bell), but for the most part, the overall reaction has been positive — which is amazing to see! When Jenner launched her new Twitter page, she broke the site's record by being the first to reach 1 million followers in four hours. Proving she's already social media savvy, Caitlyn Jenner's latest post deserves to go equally viral.
In a powerful tweet, Jenner posted a photo surrounded by other trans women. The message reads:
Learn from those who have walked the path before you. #TransIsBeautiful #LivingOurTruth #JustTheBeginning
Even though it's tough to tell who's actually standing with Jenner, the image shows a sisterhood of support from other trans women who have paved the path for Caitlyn. The hashtags #TransIsBeautiful and #LivingOurTruth are... well, beautiful! It's inspiring to see this group embracing their true identities.
Sure, there's been quite a controversy lately over Jenner being awarded ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Awards at the ESPYs on July 15, but this kind of tweet proves her courage. Or really it only showcases a small fraction of the guts it takes to embrace her true identity and not care what the world has to say about it. In my opinion, she's just as much of an American hero now as when winning the gold medal at the Olympics in 1976.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, an ESPN spokesperson said it best:
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is meant to honor individuals whose contributions transcend sports through courageous action. Sometimes that courage is demonstrated over the course of a lifetime and sometimes it is demonstrated in a single act that shines a light on an important contemporary issue. At all times, there are many worthy candidates. This year, we are proud to honor Caitlyn Jenner embracing her identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance.
Embodying the same sentiment described in the ESPN statement above, here's Caitlyn's inspiring tweet:
Glad to hear it's only the beginning of what's sure to be an admirable journey. Keep living your truth, Caitlyn!