Caitlyn Jenner takes centre stage in blue gown at Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Published 10/11/2015 | 07:47
Caitlyn Jenner is growing accustomed to red carpet life.
The 66-year-old reality star took was a natural in front of the camera as she joined a host of stars at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards, including Victoria Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis and Bono's daughter Eve Hewson.
The Olympic gold medallist turned heads in a sapphire Moschino Couture gown, opting for diamond accessories, as she accepted the top award at last night's exclusive ceremony.
She was joined by her youngest daughter Kylie Jenner (18) who posed with her backstage, but avoided the red carpet.
Actress Judith Light presented Caitlyn with the gong, which she found particularly poignant, describing her as "such a supporter of our community. You have done so many things for so many gender non-conforming people. Having you present this to me tonight means so much to me and our community."
"When it comes to gender, everyone in this room is on a journey. We are constantly learning and growing as human beings learning about ourselves, but there is a second part of this population when it comes to gender. There is massive confusion deep down inside."
Caitlyn, who was married to Kris Jenner for 22 years when she was known as Bruce, said she has never felt more comfortable than she has in the last several months.
"Over the last six months, it has been the most eye-opening experience of my life," she explained in her speech. "For years and years, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I always felt as an outsider. I never felt good on the male side and I wasn't obviously on the female side. I was kind of stuck in the middle, but all of a sudden, after making this decision and coming out, it was by far the best thing I ever did, because for so many years, I lost my enthusiasm for life.
"I literally would be standing in my house for almost six years because I never wanted to come out, just to go to work, that's about it. Now, actually, I like going out and I like being myself."
The I Am Cait star added that she was thrilled to have flown to the ceremony having finally obtained appropriate identification.
"To Glamour magazine, I got to tell you a story quickly. I haven't been on the airlines for over a year. Why? Because I haven't had an authentic ID. Finally, last week I got my driver's license and gender marker F. It's always the little things in life," she said.
"I am sitting on the plane for the first time reading Glamour magazine and not having to fold over the cover so no one can see what I was actually reading, and I had it opened up beautifully and just reading through Glamour magazine was absolutely great. So thank you, Glamour magazine for honoring me tonight. I never in a million years thought I'd be here and I am sure you didn't either."