People Mag: Bruce Jenner ‘loves to dress up, he loves wearing high heels’

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Do you think Bruce Jenner was always supposed to be this week’s People Mag cover? Or do you think People held off on making their cover choice until the very last minute because they were hoping to do a royal baby cover this week? I can’t decide. Bruce Jenner’s story is the kind of human interest story People Magazine loves and Bruce dominated and continues to dominate gossip media, mainstream media and social media. So… maybe the royal baby was never a contender for the cover. Anyway, People recaps part of Bruce’s 20/20 bombshell and some sources talk about Bruce’s current state of mind. Some highlights:

Now, two months after the bombshell Diane Sawyer interview was taped, Bruce Jenner is happily entrenched in his new life as a woman. “He’s relieved,” says a Kardashian source. “He feels like a big weight is off his shoulders.”

And now, Jenner, who excitedly told Sawyer about his plans for a “glam room” at home, is empowered to explore more publicly what for decades he kept private. “He’s so excited about everything female,” says a Jenner insider. “He loves to dress up, he loves wearing high heels, he loves doing his hair.” The insider, who reveals that Jenner has a “full closet” of women’s clothes that he buys online, is finally “looking like the woman he’s always wanted to be.”

Jenner, 65, is also continuing to privately pursue methods of physical changes so his face and body will appear more feminine. Multiple sources confirm that the reality star, who has been taking female hormones for nearly two years, has had several surgeries including breast augmentation, a third nose job and work on his jaw and forehead. As far as full sexual reassignment surgery, Jenner told Sawyer, it’s “down the line.”

For now, Jenner’s female identity will be kept behind closed doors until a public reveal this summer, but the former decathlete often hosts “girl parties” as “her” (his reference to his female identity). “More and more, and certainly in private,” says a source close to the family, “Bruce is living as a woman.”

When he does occasionally step out in public, “he seems confident and relaxed,” says a source. “Recently, he’s left his house with nail polish and lip gloss. He seems more comfortable in his new life.”

[From People]

I can’t imagine the relief of finally – at the age of 65!!! – being able to simply do what you want to do, behave the way you want, dress the way you want and enjoy the things that have always made you happy, things which you’ve kept hidden for decades. More power to Bruce.

I do wonder how Bruce will handle his transition as a public figure/celebrity in the months and years to come though, and by that I mean how the media will treat Bruce and how he will react. Last week, the New York Daily News published blurry photos of Bruce in a dress, and Bruce was reportedly pissed enough to threaten to sue. The NYDN took the photos down online, although they were still in the print issues. What will be the media reaction when Bruce goes out to dinner in a dress and full hair & makeup? There’s still stuff to be worked out within the media, and my hope is that GLAAD continues to offer Pro Tips to media outlets on how to appropriately cover Bruce and his transition.


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  1. Brittaki says:

    Congratulations to Bruce. He deserves a happy ending.

  2. Lucy says:


  3. Joy says:

    Is so much elective surgery at 65 a good idea? I know he’s in relatively good shape and all that, but if it were a parent of mine, I would be nervous. But if he had been my dad, I would have totally shunned him after he abandoned me and displayed no love for me whatsoever for many years.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I was thinking the same thing then I saw a doctor say his oldest trans patient was 90! I’m sure it’s always easier when you’re younger but there is no age limit for this kind of surgery.

    • LaurenLauren says:

      Yes, I agree. He’s had so much surgery already. His nose looks much better though.
      I don’t like his personality, I did not enjoy that Diane Sawyer interview at all, he seemed incredibly narcissistic. In fact he’s lucky his ex Linda wrote that amazing post about him.

      There’s something incredibly wrong with that family. If you want a bigger ass, lips, smaller nose, or a younger face, you can all buy it. You can buy yourself a female body at 65.

      I’m not against plastic surgery but I’d only use it to ‘keep up’, not to change anything major.

      • Kelly says:

        I don’t wish him ill but I’m over it. In lieu of all the things happening in the world right now, I’m just tired of hearing about it. I agree with you. There was an episode of KUWK where he met Travis Walton. Maybe this guy has a couple of screws loose or not. He truly believes that he was abducted. Point is, he was a HUGE Bruce Jenner fan. When he was telling his story Bruce was rolling his eyes and speaking to him in a disrespectful manner. Putting him down, making him feel stupid. You could tell Travis was crushed. Here he is meeting his hero and Bruce treats him like s**t. Khloè went to him and told him to stop being mean and he was a nice to him.. so Bruce then chanced a bit and took a couple of pictures and made small talk. Travis perked right up! It was really sad to watch. I don’t believe even though the show was scripted that this was a scripted moment. I thought he was such an arrogant jerk at that moment and it caused me to really dislike him as a person. He’s so full of himself. It’s gross.

    • Shambles says:

      @ Joy: “But if he had been my dad, I would have totally shunned him after he abandoned me and displayed no love for me whatsoever for many years.”

      Bam. You go Joy.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      I don’t know about abandoning him, but as his child I would certainly make him do the work necessary to make up for all of his self involved years and prove that he sincerely wants a relationship. Saying it and doing it are two different things. Just want to add that I think it’s strange so many media outlets (including Sawyer in her interview) are fixating on him dressing in women’s clothing, loving heels, and playing with his hair. There’s far more to being a “woman” than wearing pretty things. Surely Bruce realizes this? I wish he would start articulating that to his media contacts.

  4. Longhairdontcare says:

    It was so sweet to see how she lit up showing Diane his black dress. I hope she isnt overwhelmed by the attention and scrutiny when she steps out as her. And yes, what a relief she must feel now to be herself! Yay

  5. BengalCat2000 says:

    I am not romotely “girly”, but this makes me want to hang with Bruce, drink champagne, paint eachothers nails and decorate his fabulous new closet. Perhaps I’ll break out those dusty heels I only wear when I want to get laid… Viva la Bruce, I’m so happy for you Girlfriend!

    • ann says:

      I’m not “girly ” either. Would be awesome to hang out with Bruce in his closet and glam room. I hope everything goes well for him

  6. hello says:

    So, is that what being a woman is all about? A “glam room” and heels, and nail polish, and hair, and makeup, and shiny glitzy jewelry? Wow must he have envied yet loved to be a Karsdashian woman.

    • Seriously, he must have been so jelly all these years. Having to pretend that he thought the KKK was ‘silly’!

    • taterho says:

      Of course it isn’t what being a woman is all about. It’s just what makes him happy and comfortable. Now he doesn’t have to hide that anymore.

  7. maria1981 says:

    i love wendy williams for telling this man to stop wearing dresses and take care of his kids. his daughter is 17, dating a 25 year old father. this family is so dysfunctional.

    • Kaley says:

      “i love wendy williams for telling this man to stop wearing dresses and take care of his kids.”

      While I agree the young one needs better parenting, what the f*ck is that sentence sis?

    • Ashley says:

      Why is what Bruce wears any of Wendy’s business? She looks like a man with implants wearing dresses so tight she can’t take steps in her heels

    • Indira says:

      Doesn’t necessarily have to tie up with his gender identity though. He could wear dresses and still be a good parent.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I have to admit I never liked Bruce Jenner before (because I can’t stand the Kardashians) but now that he is free he is becoming so much more likeable. I thought the Diane Sawyer interview was honest and will help a lot of people who are struggling. Bruce seems so happy now and I hope he is able to have a great life away from Kris. I’m looking forward to see his new persona and will be watching his docuseries on E.

    • thomas says:

      @Elizabeth- If you decide you didn’t like Bruce because you don’t like the Kardashians, you must not have any idea who Bruce Jenner is. He’s the only one on the show who earned his fame by being an Olympic gold medalist.

  9. roxy750 says:

    Dude, obviously this guy has major issues. Not sure this is the right way to go. It seems he wants to be one of the girls (kardashians)

  10. Dr.Funkenstein says:

    Too bad he doesn’t love being a parent.

    • Amy says:

      1 and done.

      I just can’t understand how someone is so comfortable and happy leaving a trail of broken marriages and abandoned children in his past (frankly I’m including the two youngest Jenners in this).

      I know people like him and they make my skin crawl, completely focused on themselves and their needs with the ability to push other people’s needs totally to the side.

      It’s hard to be happy for him concerning this topic when I look at the young people around him and how their lives have turned out.

    • Nina says:

      While I have experience with absentee parents in my family and am very quick to judge those who put their own needs ahead of their children’s, I cut Bruce a ton of slack. It’s one thing to dump your kids with a babysitter or with another relative while you go cat around with other people and try to relive your glory days, but it’s another to have this secret weighing down on your conscience from childhood. It’d be hard to be there, physically and mentally, for your kids, when you know you were born in the wrong body. He was a mother who was expected to be a father. The interview gave me the impression that he was jumping from woman to woman, child to child in an effort to rewire his brain, sort of a “maybe this will be the one to fix me” kind of thing, or to to try, unsuccessfully, to take his mind off of his own demons. Maybe he had trouble facing his kids because he felt that the very act of conceiving them wasn’t natural to him, because as a woman, you don’t contribute sperm. Who knows?

      Also, he wasn’t just an average joe. He was an icon of masculinity, and expected to fulfil that role by millions of people. It’s unfortunate that he had to ultimately reach his truth at the expense of several failed marriages and broods of kids, but sometimes that’s how things happen. Maybe the story of his struggle will help someone down the road. Maybe someone who was terrified of coming out will sit and think about what could happen if he or she tries living a lie for decades, especially if he or she isn’t as well off financially as Bruce.

      • nancy says:

        Absolutely, totally agree with everything you said @Nina!!! I cut him slack and so have his children. His children were left with their moms, not on the streets like many stories. Lots of people only know him from the Kardashians and give no mercy because of it.
        Being once known as the greatest athete in the world and now admitting his secret takes a brave person. Good to see all the kids and his first 2 wives are by his side.

      • Velvet says:

        So we’re giving him a free pass just because there were mothers and money involved? Wow. Ok. It doesn’t work that way though. There was no reason for him to not be in the picture, so he was still an absent father.

      • lisa says:

        ita velvet, that’s ridiculous

        he was comfortable enough to be around family # 3 for many years

        i wonder if it is because kris obviously has low parenting standards and anything goes, while chrystie and linda would expect a little more quality, so he went YEARS without contacting any of them, even though he was in the same geographic area

  11. kate says:

    Excellent that he’ll get to live the life he’s thought of for 65 years. Can’t wait to see his new look

  12. India says:

    I am getting rather sick of hearing about this.

    • Christin says:

      The upside is that all this hype may end up hurting ratings for both shows. If this level of coverage continues, more people will be sick of hearing about it.

      I seriously doubt that their mutual TV network will produce a tasteful, educational ‘docu-series’ about anyone. He has been a willing participant for several seasons of tasteless nonsense on the other show. Doesn’t give me hope that it will be designed to educate and encourage others.

  13. HurryUp says:

    Bruce is an unmitigated narcissist and this fawning coverage nauseates me. I have no issue with his gender identity (though there’s a lot more to being a woman than high heel and doing your hair) but he’s a crap person and always out for number one.

  14. Amy says:

    I am someone who believes anyone should have the ability and right to portray themselves how they want to to the world. I believe every individual is deserving of respect, cordiality, and compassion. I believe LGBTQ rights are important.

    But I’ll be honest and say I don’t understand the mindset behind being transgender. I have no problems if someone wants to transition or even if they want to wear clothes of the opposite gender without transitioning. I believe their wishes should be respected. But I don’t really understand what those individuals believe being a woman or man intrinsically is.

    When I think of myself I don’t think of my gender. I think I have found happiness in the gender I was born and apply several different tools and offerings from the world available to that gender. But I don’t think my embracing of one thing or another makes me a ‘woman’ or a ‘man’. I am not judging Bruce for wearing dresses and enjoying things like high heels, but I often think about why those things are appealing or why they’re appealing in a way that’s attached strictly to gender.

    I’m sympathetic to both sides of the divide. I understand for a long time in society femininity was associated with weakness, that in the quest to defend it women had to proclaim loudly that things associated with us did not make us so different from men and that we were just as capable. Likewise we also had to encourage the small breasted woman or women that couldn’t have periods or carry children that simply because those things were stereotypically applied to women didn’t make them any less as women.

    What exactly is a ‘woman’ that some people feel they were born wrong? I wear pants nearly all the time but that doesn’t make me a man or gay. Likewise I love makeup and jewelry but that doesn’t make me a woman. A gay man could wear and love all the same things and he’d definitely defend to his death that he is a man (I know and adore a few who do).

    I just don’t know how womanhood or manhood is defined and quantified for those individuals who believe their body is absolutely wrong. I don’t judge them, I’m just puzzled by it.

    • nancy says:

      I also don’t understand it. But thankfully I never felt confusion of my gender. I look in the mirror and know I’m a woman inside and out without a thought crossing my mind. A transgender doesn’t feel the same, and it must be really tough

    • Wren33 says:

      As a cis woman (woman born a woman) the same things puzzle me. But, I want to emphasize that it is just a matter of curiosity and admitting that I don’t understand, rather than thinking that a transgender person is wrong to focus on those things. Part of it may be that I just never realize how feminine I am being. Sometimes it is hard to look at yourself from the outside. Part of it may be a transgender person focusing a lot on the forbidden fruit – the heels, the makeup, etc. My first child, a girl, is almost 5, and it is amazing how much kids that age and even younger focus so much on what the rules are for being a girl and being a boy. It is hard to say “pink is not a girl color” when they can easily see that no boy is wearing pink. The other day my daughter told me that clothes with numbers are for boys. I was like “What are you talking about?” but realized that lots of little boy clothes have numbers on them because they are modeling themselves after sports jerseys.

  15. Angie says:

    I’m starting to see an even stronger resemblance to Kendall.

  16. zinala says:

    I don’t understand how he can enjoy masculine sports/hobbies and possess such a strong desire to be a woman. He claims he’s not attracted to men and has never had sex with a man and has always been attracted to women. So does that mean he will end up with another woman? He sounds like a spoiled rich man who has nothing better to do with his time than obsess on something that he seems so confused about. Why would a man marry and subject three women and all of his children to this? He should have never married and had children….so selfish! A very selfish man who wants to have girl parties instead of spending his time with his grown children, grandchildren, and younger children. After watching him on his special it seems like he has a lot of mental issues too. It’s all about him now.

    • Melanie says:

      Not just men enjoy the sports Bruce does. He plays with helicopters as a hobby…that’s not a man only thing. Plenty of men I’ve read about who became woman were still attracted to or still married to women. Guys who aren’t rich have also gone through this process. Many men and women of all financial range have been married more than 3 times. After 65 years of these feelings, of course the stress and confusion have caused mental problems. As his kids are about to be all adult age, he has the right to fix his life to make himself happy

  17. Amy Tennant says:

    I wish people would quit asking and/or speculating about gender reassignment surgery. You can still be transgender and never have surgery. It’s not a requirement. And people asking about what’s between one’s legs is gross.

  18. kitty-bye says:

    Wonder what the big show of concern was about when his dog had to get his bits removed & replaced with fake ones. Did he just have to act overtly masculine for the show in some cases?