In a sneak preview from her new reality show I Am Cait, the 65-year-old is seen lying in bed and wearing no makeup as she reflects on wanting to help the transgender community.
“People are dying over this issue”, she says.
“What I want to do is just be able to create understanding, so the next person doesn’t have to be like me”, Jenner says.
Caitlyn Jenner recently shared that she treats Laverne Cox as an inspiration, especially now that she is still on the early transition stages of existing in the society as a transgender woman. “It’s going to take a few getting used to, but I want to do what you want”. “What I think is so lovely about this, my visibility and Caitlyn’s visibility, is diverse representations of trans people in the media is so important”. It’s something Jenner makes her mission on I Am Cait, and on the premiere episode, viewers will see her speak with Katherine Prescott, the mother of San Diego transgender teen Kyler Prescott, who committed suicide in May at age 14. However, I hope that people don’t listen to the pitch of my voice, but listen to what I have to say. “I hope I get it right”, she adds one more time, showing clearly just how much this means to her. Watch the emotional video below! Why’d Cait do it?
Laverne Cox once wanted to feminize her appearance through surgery just like Caitlyn Jenner has done but couldn’t afford it. Firstly she rubs her face and says: “God, I look in the monitor and I feel like crap”, before revealing what’s troubling her. Are they saying I’m handsome because they couldn’t tell I’m trans?
Such interludes undercut the dignity of Jenner’s challenges, and make what she is going through arguably less relatable to an audience that needs to relate. Delivered to Jenner’s seaside California compound for their first encounter with her as a woman, they seem refreshingly like regular folks who are genuinely focused on a family member they love and support, never mind all the lights and cameras there to capture every moment. “Bruce always had to tell a lie”, she recalled in July’s Vanity Fair of her previous male persona.