Caitlyn Jenner says she understands there's more to being a woman than 'hair and make-up'
Published 07/01/2016 | 11:12
Caitlyn Jenner claims she's "learned so much" since coming out as transgender.
“I am only a spokesperson for my own journey,” Jenner says in the February/March cover story for The Advocate magazine, rejecting the media’s depiction o her as a spokesperson for the trans community.
“After that, I know nothing. Am I learning a lot? Absolutely. I’m just trying to do my best, that’s all.”
To broaden her knowledge of the full female experience, Jenner admits she has been studying the book How to be a Woman - the memoirs of British journalist Caitlin Moran.
“It’s actually very good and very funny,” the former Olympian says. “What I realised, when going through this book, is how my experience is so different than what a normal woman’s would be growing up — that’s obvious.
"The second chapter was about having your period. O.K.? I will never deal with that. So there is so much in life that I need to learn about who I am and be authentic with myself.
"But I never want to assume that this whole thing called womanhood, that I could ever experience all of that. I will be able to live authentically as female, but I’ve missed so much.”
Speaking at a screening for new movie Tangerine - which follows the struggles of two trans women - in Los Angeles on Monday, the 66-year-old said she could relate to the issues raised in the "brutally honest" movie.
"Honestly, I learned so much...over the last nine months that I've been out I've learned so much about this community. And I was totally isolated.
"I obviously couldn't out myself for so many years... but this is a process of education."
'Tangerine' - which was shot on an iPhone and highlights obstacles black trans women face, such as routine harassment and sex work - is tipped for Oscar success and Caitlyn thinks it's important as many people as possible see the movie because it is so "honest".
"We have a lot of momentum in the trans community, but we have to keep that momentum going," she said.
The reality star's comments came after she was criticised by actress Rose McGowan who felt Jenner didn't deserve to win her Glamour magazine Woman of the Year award.
The Grindhouse actress said: "You want to be a woman and stand with us - well learn us. We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you. You're a woman now? Well f**king learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege."