World, meet Caitlyn Jenner.
Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, graces the July cover of Vanity Fair… and she looks amazing. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz (the woman behind Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Vogue cover) shot the first portraits of Caitlyn earlier this month at her Malibu home.
“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,'” Jenner, 65, tells the magazine.
In a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, Caitlyn says she is finally free:
“I was probably at the [Olympic] Games because I was running away from a lot of things. Very, very proud of the accomplishment, I don’t want to diminish that accomplishment. The last few days of doing this shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving me a, ‘That a boy Bruce’ pat on the back. This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie, every day he always had a secret from morning ’til night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
Caitlyn sat down with Pulitzer Prize–winning contributing editor Buzz Bissinger (who also wrote Friday Night Lights) for the issue. Bissinger spent hundreds of hours with Jenner, both as Bruce and Caitlyn, and begins the article on March 15, 2015, when Jenner officially said goodbye to Bruce.