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Jenner, Caitlyn

Caitlyn Jenner is a U.S. media celebrity and, arguably, one of the most well-known trans people of the 21st century thus far. Jenner came out publicly as a trans woman in a television interview in 2015 and, following a short period of time out of the public eye, famously debuted her striking physical transformation in a glamorous cover-shoot for Vanity Fair magazine under the headline “Call Me Caitlyn.” Jenner’s significance as a subject of academic study relates to two central themes: her connection to the discourse of “authenticity” and her status as a highly visible member of a minority population.

From Athlete to Reality TV Star

Born on October 28, 1949, in Mount Kisco, New York, Jenner became a successful athlete in the 1970s, winning a gold ...

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