When Caitlyn (née Bruce) Jenner revealed her new name and her new look on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2015 issue, the world was watching. The photographs, taken by iconic Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz, are undeniably breathtaking. They signify so much more than the external appearance of a beautiful woman – they also represent how far Caitlyn Jenner has come in her transition from the male body she says she felt trapped in her whole life. Caitlyn's soul has always been female, and for the first time, the whole world was able to see her as she has always seen herself.
Fortunately, Caitlyn Jenner has the outspoken support of her entire family. Both the Jenner and the Kardashian clans (including Kanye West and Scott Disick) welcomed Caitlyn to her new life with acceptance and open arms. Each Kardashian/Jenner had a different reaction to seeing Caitlyn as her true self for the very first time. Some reactions were hilarious, some incredibly heartfelt, and all express hope for the future. Caitlyn Jenner has been blessed to receive many words of support, encouragement, and love from her extended family and the public.Many transgender individuals do not have the money, power, resources, and visibility that Caitlyn Jenner has. She acknowledges this in her interview with Buzz Bissinger, and makes it clear that she would like to move forward as a guiding light for other people facing the same struggles.
For those who are curious, we've gathered all of the Jenner and Kardashian family reactions to Caitlyn's transition that were on the record.
Brandon Jenner Was Taken Aback When Caitlyn Showed Him Her BreastsPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
When Caitlyn finally completed his breast augmentation surgery, she was excited to share her changes with those closest to her. Buzz Bissinger reports in the Vanity Fair article that Caitlyn lowered her top to show Brandon the results.Brandon was a little taken aback, and responded "Whoa, I'm still your son." The awkward moment quickly passed, however, and the two were able to celebrate Caitlyn's changes.
Rob Kardashian Didn't Recognize Her at FirstPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
When Kim sent her little brother, Rob Kardashian (Caitlyn's stepson), the Vanity Fair cover reveal of Caitlyn Jenner's transformation, he didn't even recognize her. Kim told Access Hollywood that Rob responded, "Kim, why are you sending me this? Who is this woman and why do I care?"When Kim revealed that it was Caitlyn, Rob was overjoyed. He called Caitlyn immediately to have a "love-fest" over the phone.
Khloe Kardashian Bought Caitlyn White Stiletto Louboutin HeelsFast forward to 3:17 to see Khloe Kardashian's (Caitlyn's step-daughter) sweet gesture. In the "About Bruce: Part One" episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she buys Caitlyn four pairs of shoes, one of them being the same pair of white Christian Louboutin stilettos that she's wearing. "Who wore it better?" Khloe jokes.
Kourtney Kardashian Instagrammed a Photo of Caitlyn Paired With Some Kanye LyricsPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation LicenseKourtney Kardashian, Caitlyn's step-daughter, couldn't resist a little humor. She Instagrammed a photo of Caitlyn behind the wheel of his Porsche, wearing a killer red dress. The caption? "Get the Porsche out the damn garage," an ode to Kanye West's lyrics from his hit song, "I Am A God."