Monday 23 July 2018

Caitlyn Jenner gave an inspiring speech during her trip to Dublin

Caitlyn Jenner at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Caitlyn Jenner at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Caitlyn Jenner at the Xpose Benefit Awards 2018 at The Mansion House
Caitlyn Jenner attends the 2017 GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for GQ)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Caitlyn Jenner praised Ireland for its treatment of the LGBT community in an inspiring speech delivered in Dublin.

The 68-year-old reality tv star was honoured at Thursday night's inaugural Xpose Benefit Awards at Mansion House, where she was given the Beauty Icon award. Jenner began by detailing her Irish roots, saying: "I feel like your long lost daughter that's been hiding over in the States."

Caitlyn Jenner at the Xpose Benefit Awards 2018 at The Mansion House
Caitlyn Jenner at the Xpose Benefit Awards 2018 at The Mansion House

Her words soon took a turn towards the serious as she emphasised the importance of internal beauty. "We talk about beauty, fashion, all those types of things...first of all, the way I look at it, I look at this room and there are beautiful women everywhere, I think beauty is more than just what you see. Beauty is about your soul," she said.

"It's about what you do for society, what you give back to mankind."

Jenner chronicled her transition at the age of 65, saying that she had fresh insight into the multi-faceted layers of womanhood.

"It's given me an interesting perspective, I remember one time, somebody asked, 'Are you a feminist?' I said, 'Oh my God, I never even thought about, what do you mean am I a feminist?' It was just a lot of issues out there that I'm working on. If you think a feminist is a woman who is strong, who is independent, intelligent and can take this world and grasp it and go after it, yes there's a lot of things," she explained.

Celia Holman Lee at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Celia Holman Lee at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"In my community, in the trans community, the L, the G, the B and the T, the T portion is the most underfunded by far. I really judge a people and a country by the way they treat the LGBT community, I just have to say Ireland has done such a good job when it comes to these issues.

"There's other countries around the world, in fact I'll be in Israel, who have done a wonderful job in the face of civil rights, when what's happening in the L, the G, the B or the T, they'll hang you; it's an amazing thing."

The Olympic gold medallist was the big-name attraction at last night's ceremony which saw some of Ireland's most famous faces walk the pink carpet for the invite only event.

In a true throwback to the days of yore, when Katie Price was regularly flown to the capital for various ceremonies, Love Island star Montana Brown and tv personality Calum Best were among the guests, but organisers scored a major coup by securing Jenner as their top-billing name.

Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Last night's even attracted some familiar Irish faces including Pippa O'Connor, who attended with husband Brian Ormond, rising star Barry Keoghan and girlfriend Shona Guerin, with top creative talent who were nominated among the 14 categories.

For all the looks from the Xpose Benefit Awards, check out our gallery below:

Debbie O'Donnell at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Debbie O'Donnell at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Roz Purcell at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Love Island's Montana Brown at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sarah Morrissey at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Erin McGregor at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Thalia Heffernan at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sarah Morrissey at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Rosie Connolly at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Teodora Sutra at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Darren Kennedy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Cassie Stokes at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Paul Costelloe at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Don O'Neill at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Bressie at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Barry Keoghan at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Holly Carpenter at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ailbhe Garrihy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoibhin Garrihy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Calum Best at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lisa Nolan at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Anna Daly at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tara O'Farrell at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lena at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ciara Doherty at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Courtney Smith at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Celia Holman Lee at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lucy Kennedy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Jodie Wood at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lisa Cannon at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ashley Kehoe and Claudine Kehoe at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sybil Mulcahy at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tony McGregor, Taylor McGregor and Erin McGregor at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Hilda Fay at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Brent Pope at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Grace O'Mahony at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Caitlyn Jenner at the the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Debbie O'Donnell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Keilidh Cashell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Thalia Heffernan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lisa Nolan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Calum Best at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin, celebrating the best in fashion and entertainment in Ireland. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Holly Carpenter at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Jodie Wood at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Celia Holman Lee at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ashley Kehoe and Claudine Kehoe at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Hilda Fay at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Niall Breslin (Bressie) at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Paul Costelloe at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ailbhe Garrihy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sisters Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Love Island's Montana Brown at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sarah Morrissey at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tony McGregor, Taylor McGregor and Erin McGregor at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Assets Model Lena at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
James Patrice at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Michelle Regazzoli Stone at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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