Some interesting quotes from an interesting interview with the interesting-but-often-problematic Caitlyn Jenner in the latest issue of The Advocate.
On being an icon of the community:
“The media has kind of labeled me as the spokesperson for the trans community. That is not the case. I am only a spokesperson for my own journey. After that, I know nothing. Am I learning a lot? Absolutely … I’m just trying to do my best, that’s all.”
On being criticized in the media:
“I went through a lot of struggles but came to the conclusion that it’s time. I can live authentically. I can handle anything,” she says. “I can take criticism. I honestly don’t have a problem with it. Just don’t criticize [my] kids that are dealing with this. From that standpoint, it’s been good. I never expected as positive a response as I’ve gotten.”
“I’m so much more comfortable with myself now than I was four months ago. I’ve pretty much been out everywhere” presenting as she chooses, without a TV crew, without an entourage. But often not without the paparazzi, “which is a pain in the ass.”
On exploring the world as a woman:
“I’d prefer to just weara great pair of jeans and a T-shirt, and go to the market that way. And still look good. That’s ideal for me.” She says she’s watched her fashion icon family members’ sense of style over the years. She says she’d like to look good but not stand out. “Now, my family stands out. Love them to death, but their style is certainly different. And they’ve packaged it and sold it extraordinarily well. Better than anybody else in history, let’s be honest.”
“Kimberly [Kardashian West] says, ‘If you do go out, you’ve got to rock it, baby!’ ” Jenner snaps in the air. “You cannot let [the paparazzi] get that picture. They’ll take a picture of you with no makeup on, lousy outfit — and they’ll use it forever. You’ll never get rid of it. Kim’s very good at that stuff. It does take a little bit more work if you do go out. You’ve got to at least look good, at least the best you can. But there’s more to life and womanhood than just that. And those are things I’m learning; I’m trying to read up on it. I’m trying to understand it because it’s all new to me.”
I know we’re all a little fatigued when it comes to Caitlyn overcoming her struggles, but the article is worth checking out. Read it here.