E News announced the series title for the Caitlyn Jenner docu-series. It’s titled simply, “I Am Cait.” Here’s a little tidbit for ya. I heard a rumor that the network had considered naming the show “TransJenner.” Happily, clearer heads prevailed.
Check out the press release from E! below:
LOS ANGELES – June 3, 2015 – E! announces the series title “I Am Cait” for the new documentary series with Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, living her life as a transgender woman. The series will tell her intimate story and will join “Cait” as she seeks out her “new normal.”
Living for the first time as the person she feels she was born to be, the docu-series will also explore what Cait’s transition means for the people in her life and how those relationships are affected, while offering a better understanding of many of life’s challenges. The eight-part, one-hour series will premiere Sunday, July 26 at 9:00pm on E! and will also air on E! channels internationally in over 120 countries. “I Am Cait” is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions.
In it, Caitlyn says she didn’t realize the “pressure women are under about their appearance” until recently, but got herself together and went out into the public. “We’re out into the world,” she says. “It’s so great out there.”
Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on Vanity Fair’s cover, released on Monday. The candid interview touched on topics including Caitlyn’s decision on genital surgery (she didn’t have it), her regrets in parenthood and past marriages, and more.
Interestingly, the four Jenner kids from Caitlyn’s first two marriages refused to be involved with I am Cait, noting that the producers, Bunim-Murray also helms The Kardashians. They have real fear that the series will be trash, setting back the tasteful tone set by Diane Sawyer’s respectful 20/20 interview with Bruce Jenner, before his transition to Caitlyn via breast and facial surgery in March. The Vanity Fair article is available to subscribers via download to mobile devices. I read it last night, and it was in depth and fascinating. She’s trying to repair her relationships with the older kids, whom she all but abandoned when she married Kris Kardashian in the early 90s. Caitlyn has been through a lot. It’s amazing she didn’t spiral into alcohol, drug addiction, or have a breakdown. She spent her entire life pretending to be someone she wasn’t. I can’t even imagine that.
“I’m just going to go live life. I’m going to go enjoy life. I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul,” she revealed to Vanity Fair. “[Up] to this point I would wear, you know, Bruce would wear, you know, sweatshirts with hoods on them so paparazzi can’t get pictures and all that kind of crap, and I didn’t want them to see if my fingernails were polished or, you know, on and on and on. It was just hell.”
“To be able to wake up in the morning, be yourself, get dressed, get ready to go out, and just be like a normal person—that’s a wonderful feeling to go through life,” she said. “I’ve never been able to do that; it’s always been confusion, it’s always been, you know, I’ve got one side [with] boy clothes, the other side’s women’s clothes. It’s like I cleaned the whole closet out—the boys stuff is gone.”
On the Daily Show last night, John Stewart criticized the media for focusing on Caitlyn’s appearance and making needless comparisons to other women. (Admittedly, I returned a tweet that snarked on Kris Jenner’s appearance, and then came to regret it.)
And finally, trans actress LaVerne Cox (Orange is the New Black) had the perfect response to Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover. You can read it on her Tumblr. She reminds us that most trans people don’t have the money or the means for surgery, and that we can’t base our acceptance of the community based on the ability to “pass.” Important stuff.
Caitlyn looks fantastic, but she had the money and connections to make it happen. Not to mention the magic of photoshop…