Caitlyn Jenner who has been hailed as "Transgender Champion" took to the stage at Glamour magazine's 25th annual Women of the Year awards as 'Woman of the Year'.
It's truly amazing to see Caitlyn's spirit so much more radiant and alive now that she is embracing her authentic self.
The Olympic winner gave such a strong speech you couldn't help but nod your head because what she said was so resonant and personal.
We've picked out 7 things that have intensified our love for the transgender superstar.
1.) In her speech, she was joyous and celebrated the little things that made a difference to her.
Taking to the stage in a gorgeous ensemble, the star commented "getting up those stairs in this dress was harder than hurdling." Later on, she also mentioned with a huge smile, that she was able to get her female driver's license:
Finally, last week, I got my driver's license! Picture and gender marker "F"! It's always the little things in life that really you notice. It's always the little things in life. I am sitting on the plane for the first time reading GLAMOUR magazine and not having to fold over the cover so no one can see what I was actually reading, and I had it opened up beautifully and just reading through GLAMOUR magazine was absolutely great. So thank you, Glamour magazine for honoring me tonight. I never in a million years thought I'd be here and I am sure you didn't either."
2.) She is open and can speak so openly about the pain she felt during her long transition process.
"My transition was very, very long. I had many, many, many years of isolation from the world, of lying to the world, of not being myself. I got to a few years ago; I was back out in Malibu in my home, all alone. I raised wonderful children. And I thought: "What am I gonna do with my life?" I isolated myself and lied to myself and lied to the world for so long: "What am I gonna do with my life?”
Because for so many years, I lost my enthusiasm for life. Literally, sitting in my house for almost six years. Because I never really wanted to come out—just to go to work, that was about it. Now, actually, I like going out. And I like being myself. And in doing that, it's been an amazing the opportunity we have for change, for people to understand this issue because it's so difficult…
3.) Her central focus of care was on her family—her 10 children. She was more concerned about the trashy tabloids hurting them than herself.
I sat down with each one of my 10 children, and it was the big secret in the family that nobody could talk about because I was getting destroyed in the tabloids every week, walking through the grocery line, looking at the headlines. And so were my children. It was hurtful. So I sat each one of 'em down, and I said, "This is my story. This is who I am. What can I do?”
4.) She’s well on her way to discovering her spirituality and purpose.
I sat down with my pastor, talked to him about my issues. And yes, I had a lot of conversations with God. I came to the conclusion: You know what? Maybe this is why God put me on this earth—to tell my story. To be authentic to myself, to who I am. And maybe in doing that, maybe you can make a difference in the world. What a great opportunity in life to have.
"Of all the things I've done in my life, Caity is why God put me on this earth: to tell my story; to be honest with myself about who I am. And in doing that, making a difference in the world. And I'm very happy to be living on the other side.”
5.) The fluctuating superficial opinions of tabloids and the media went from bad to good, but she does not hold anything against them. She is prepared to let go and move on with positivity.
"So it started with Diane Sawyer … so eloquently and so beautifully telling my story. And then two months later, then pictures and the name came out: Boy, oh boy, did the conversation change. No longer [was] the media saying terrible things about you, because they would be homophobic. All of a sudden, everybody became comfortable ..."
6.) She knows she still has “so much to learn”
All of a sudden, all these new questions came into my life. People were going, "What's your style? What are you gonna wear? Who are your heroes? Are you a feminist?" All these questions, and I said, "Oh my gosh, I've got so much to learn.”
I could not have done this without the people who have gone before me: the Laverne Cox's of the world, the Janet Mock's ... What I have learned about this community is what a great group of women there are out there, who have worked so hard to be authentic to themselves and authentic to womanhood.
7.) She is a gracious human being.
When Caitlyn first took to the stage, she thanked actress Judith Light who presented her with the prestigious award, saying:
"such a supporter of our community. You have done so many things for so many gender non-conforming people. Having you present this to me tonight means so much to me and our community."
She finished her speech with the simple but poignant words:
"But here I am. Alive and well. Thank you very much.”
We have no words.
Watch a fan recording of the amazing speech.