Will Bruce Jenner debut Her on the cover of a summer issue of Vanity Fair?


Multiple sources and multiple outlets are reporting that Bruce Jenner is going to cover a future issue of Vanity Fair. The idea behind it is that Bruce will debut Her, his female identity, on the cover. I had a suspicion that it would be the July cover and that’s why there are all these leaks just ahead of the cover release, which will probably be within the next week. There were some recent tabloids reports a few weeks ago that Bruce had undergone his gender reassignment surgery, but it does seem like an especially fast turnaround from “just had the surgery” to “posing for Vanity Fair.” So maybe the cover is for August. Here’s what People has to say:

Bruce Jenner has posed for his share of magazine covers over the years, from Sports Illustrated to GQ. But now, the former Olympian has landed an upcoming cover of Vanity Fair, Jenner’s first print photo shoot and interview since revealing in April that he is transitioning from male to female, multiple sources tell PEOPLE. Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz will shoot the cover, an industry source says.

Jenner, 65, who calls his female identity “Her,” will appear as a woman in the Vanity Fair pictorial, to hit stands this summer, the source tells PEOPLE.

During the recent Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce special, taped earlier this year, Jenner was asked by stepdaughter Khloé Kardashian, 30, “Are you planning on not being Bruce any time soon?”

“That’s quite possible, yeah,” Jenner responded, adding that his transition would occur “probably in the spring.”

Jenner will chronicle his new life in an eight-part docuseries premiering July 26, at 9 p.m. ET on E!

[From People]

So… probably an August cover, although I still think it’s suspicious they’re releasing this heads up right now, just before VF releases their July cover. But the sources make it sound like Annie Leibovitz hasn’t shot Her yet. I’m also assuming that the cover story will include a lengthy interview, and probably confirmation on what Bruce’s new name will be. As for the wisdom of putting Her on the cover… I’m into it. Bruce’s 20/20 special was a ratings bonanza and a fascinating watershed moment in pop culture and trans acceptance. And frankly, we should just be happy that VF isn’t putting another dead celebrity on the cover.


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  1. BengalCat2000 says:

    Bruce is my mom’s age and I have seen a transformation (no pun intended) in her views regarding transgender, homosexuality, abortion rights, etc. My Mitt Romney voting aunt is starting to get it. Watching the “Aha!” moments in that generation’s attitudes gives me hope.

    • Krista says:

      I absolutely agree with you. I am so happy for Bruce that he* gets to be who he wants to be with so much support. I truly believe that Bruce is the right person to change the hearts and minds of our parents generation.

      *Using the He pronoun for now.

    • Michelle says:

      This is practically the only positive comment in this entire comments section. I really wish more people could hate less. I believe that Bruce’s very public transformation is making huge strides for the trans movement. The stigma placed on the transmovement is comparable to the stigma once placed on gays. Bruce and other brave people like him are going to change that by forcing the issue to get out there. I just can’t see how that’s a bad thing.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’d forgotten how handsome he was when he was young. That picture made me kind of sad, thinking of all the years he had to hide who he really was. How lonely that must have been. I think not being able to be yourself is one of the loneliest feelings you can have. I’ve said before, I don’t give Bruce a pass for his parenting, but I do support his journey in this instance, and hope it brings him happiness.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I felt the same way looking at that photo. Maybe I was projecting but I thought I could detect sadness in his eyes even as he smiled. And agree with you on feeling like his parenting has left a lot to be desired, that’s a separate issue from finally being able to be real.

    • Sarah says:

      I felt exactly the same. I was in middle school when Bruce won his gold medal and had such a crush on him. Looking at that pic, I was reminded how handsome he was and also how sad that his inner turmoil has likely led to a bunch of the bad plastic surgery he has had over the years. I hope his transition lets him complete his life’s journey on his own terms, happy and healthy and enjoying life.

  3. Elly says:

    I wonder if there will be one word about the poor woman he killed in the accident?
    Is this now all forgotten? Is Jenner now so holy that the dead woman doesn´t count anymore?

    A horrible, absent father and narcissist. Is he/she even interested in other people? His own children? What´s with his youngest daughter? She´s 17 years old and will never get her original face back… and girl bangs some mid20 rapper! But hey daddy gets a magazine cover and own reality show!

    • E.M. MAXX says:

      Perfectly put !!!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      It’s called an “accident” for a reason. I think you’re being very harsh and unfair about that. I hope you’re never in a car accident where someone is killed, but then I’m sure you wouldn’t be so judgmental towards yourself. People never are.

      I do agree he’s a terrible father.

      • original kay says:

        I wonder what the woman he killed would call it.

        Note to CB- I hope you cover the developments in the Kelly Rutherford custody battle. Thanks in advance!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Did that make you feel better? Blaming someone for something that happened accidentally? For an accident that was caused by another driver? You must feel very out of control if you need to do that. And you must think you’re perfect. Have fun when it happens to you.

      • dr mantis toboggan says:

        I don’t have the receipts, but I’m pretty sure it was determined that Bruce was speeding and following too closely, and failed to account for the extra weight of the atv he was towing.
        He won’t go to jail or anything, because celebjustice, but it was his fault.

      • original kay says:

        was that comment directed at me GNAT?

        I am confused.

      • original kay says:

        @Dr Mantis

        I googled and it was Bruce also, seen talking on his cell while driving, after this “accident”.

        My sympathies are for the woman who was killed.

      • Amy says:

        Yeah I believe the small information that was put out a while ago showed that Bruce was the person responsible for causing the accident and yes, he was seen texting and driving a few days after the fact.

      • snowflake says:

        he wasn’t texting; he was talking on the phone and smoking another time. a prius is believed to have done an illegal u-turn causing the woman who was killed to put on her brakes suddenly; causing bruce to hit her. the person in the prius was stopped 300 feet before the light; when asked if there was someone in front of her, she was evasive. google here on cb and you can read the post. anyway, whatever the truth is, it’s like he intentionally killed the woman and you people are unfairly harsh.

    • snowflake says:

      it was another car that set off the pileup, not Bruce’s.

      • Swack says:

        I believe they are still investigating this. Therefore until all the facts come out we do not know for sure what truly happened.

    • Luca76 says:

      Ever stop to think if when Bruce takes the steps to transition as Bruce has wanted to do for so long it will free Bruce to be a better parent? It seems like this is at the core of the estrangement with all the kids.

      • Michelle says:

        @Luca76 – Agreed, I believe that will be the case. But just as people are demonizing Bruce for having been involved in an accident in which a woman died, they also remain critical of his parenting. There are a lot of people on their high horses who thrive on judging others for their faults and mistakes. It’s sad.

      • Toot says:

        Nope Luca. He was a “great dad” to the Kardashians and the Jenner kids when they were younger. He just ignored the others, couldn’t even bother to send birthday cards.

      • Addie says:

        LAME excuse for being a bad parent.

    • Tate says:

      I don’t know about the car accident but he and Kris are definitely terrible parents.

      • minx says:

        Agree, that’s my complaint about both of them.
        Maybe Bruce was overwhelmed with his gender issues, so he was a distracted parent, particularly with the last two. He sounds like he was absent or distracted with all of his kids. Fortunately his first two wives seemed to be good parents; not so PMK, and it shows. Why did they even bring more kids into the world? They each had four by then.

    • Nicolette says:

      This! Absolutely this!!

    • Natasha says:

      Here here. Truth

    • Sarah says:

      He didn’t kill anyone. It was an accident.

  4. Lama Bean says:

    I’m worried that this will soon turn from a decent, moving story into a complete circus.

    I am also sad for those people who were celebrities and brave enough to go through this years ago without fanfare and cameras (like Chaz Bono and Lana Wachowski). Yes, this is brave, but he’s hardly the first public figure to transition.

    • Swack says:

      To me it has already become s circus.

    • Dirty Martini says:

      Count me in with Swack. It is a circus. I’m glad he finally gets to be who he is. But in addition to being “her”, he is still a narcisstic, tone deaf human being. His parenting sucked, marrying the women he did with his gender issues sucked, and I’m not sure I’m convinced that his motivations now are altruistic as it relates to informing and influencing thoughts….or ratings and cash. A lot of good has and will come of this, I give him that, but I wish it weren’t via E Network and Annie Lebowitz photoshoots.

      • snowflake says:

        of course, just because he’s transitioning, that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. he’s still the same person he was before. he’s just changing the outside.

    • Michelle says:

      I believe Bruce when he says his motivation is to be a pioneer for the trans movement and to make his story as public as possible to help others. So far there has been ONE interview and ONE special episode on his ex-wife’s/daughters’ TV show and that makes it a circus? Like it or not, these two shows made leaps and bounds as far as helping people empathize, begin to understand, and maybe they’ve even helped a few people not take their lives.

      Forgive me if I’m incorrect, which I’m sure you’ll say I am, but perhaps the problem here is that you have an issue with the fact that Bruce has decided to make his transition public because you yourselves can’t understand or find the empathy that people really do struggle with this and often at least attempt to take their own lives over it. What Bruce is doing is amazing, whether you think so or not.

      • Bridget says:

        He’s got an upcoming docu-series coming up on E!. And the leaks all come directly from Bruce and his camp. At this point in time, Bruce is incredibly wealthy. If he was really feeling all that altruistic, he either wouldn’t be paid for these things or he’d donate it to trans charities.

      • Lama Bean says:

        I do, in fact, forgive you, because you are incorrect. I understand that everyone struggles with something. And I empathize with his struggle. See my comments above where I call his transition a moving story. I found his interview and E! special fascinating and interesting, and think he is very brave for actually being open enough to have Diane Sawyer ask him nearly anything.

        And while you are correct that there has been one Kardashian show and one interview with Diane Sawyer, there will also be a “docu-series” this summer. I just feel there is a fine line between being a pioneer (which, again there is Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, and Lana Wachowski) and things getting out of control and the docuseries and VF cover can make things go either way.

      • Swack says:

        I didn’t say who made this a circus. BTW it was two nights of a special KUWTK. Realizing that all this is tabloid fodder, someone is putting it out there for consumption by the news media. As someone else posted, other celebs have done this without all the news media reports. I wish the best for Bruce and hope he has found what he is looking for.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I seem to remember Chaz had a reality show about his gender reasssignment, too? Or am I imagining things?

      • Seapharris7 says:

        Chaz had “Becoming Chaz” documents, which was on Netflix. THAT I found to be moving, honest, & inspiring.

        Not this. Not Bruce. I think people are supporting this crap to seem accepting of transgender issues, but I completely think this is another made up storyline to keep the Kardashians in the news.

  5. Shambles says:

    He looks so like Brody in that old photo. I wish he didn’t feel the need to sell every aspect of his transition.

  6. NewWester says:

    If Bruce had only done that one interview and then went away to do his transition and then come back to do the VF cover I would be okay with that. Doing the reality show just rubs me the wrong way. If it was a documentary detailing the road he took to reaching this point would be fine. Whenever I hear “reality show” I think of KUWTK or Real Housewives. So many people have the wrong idea of transgender issues and I can just
    see this reality show being a big joke.
    PS: a “docu series on E’ ” I still consider reality show

    • Bell says:

      Agree +100 The Diane Sawyer interview was awesome, informative, and enlightening. When Bruce then did the KUWTK two
      part show it cheapened his story. All the
      tears from Kris were so fake.

    • Michelle says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to blame Bruce for the Kardashians getting their chance to fake cry and make Bruce’s transition all about themselves the way they did. I personally think he did them a solid by agreeing to appear on their show so they could garner ratings and also because he knows that anything that involves the Kardashians name reaches an even broader audience.

      In truth, if the Kardashians really cared about just being there for Bruce, they would’ve gone on the Diane Sawyer interview the same way Bruce’s other kids did. Still I don’t think it is fair to blame Bruce for this, and it is really unrealistic to expect that he would suddenly tell the people he spent 25years of his life with, “I refuse to take part in your show.”

      I really believe his motivation is to reach as many people as possible.

      • swack says:

        Bruce could have told them NO.

      • snowflake says:

        they prob didn’t go on the diane sawyer interview because they just wanted to keep the excitement for their show. if they had spoken then, it would have reduced the interest in their “reveal show”

      • Josephine says:

        I find it interesting that people are so willing to make excuses for a grown man. He knew very well that going on the Kardashian show would make him a spectacle and that Kris would pull out some fake tears and lie through her teeth. He was perfectly complacent with her making his transition into a soap opera and ramping up the drama, and perfectly at ease using his transition to help the K’s PR machine.

        Sorry, but just because he’s transitioning doesn’t mean that he isn’t responsible for the choices he makes, and his choices seem to be all about the money and fame. He has not been there for any of his many kids, and the most recent ones are in bad shape. He has his health, overwhelming wealth, and people who support him – people go through much, much worse problems than he and still manage to make good choices and be a decent parent.

  7. Po says:

    If this was really about education and not self-promotion, I would have seen his interview and reveal of her at the same time on a channel like PBS. I wouldn’t have seen it dragged out like this on channels where she can advertise how great she is at pulling in ratings for paid advertisers and therefore any show that she does in the future will be great for ratings. I refuse to believe that any of this promotion is meant to help anyone but her and this family make cash off of it. I think that this entire family is money/fame hungry and will exploit any facet of their life for those two things. What annoys me though is how all of a sudden the word hero is being thrown around. Let’s see, she:

    ●Married Kris Kardashian
    ●Has a daughter who obviously has little to
    no supervision and is probably 100% clear
    on the fact that her parents have more
    important things going on in their own lives
    than parenting her. I’m sure that’s going to
    turn out great
    ●Was an absentee parent to his older sons
    ●Was just in a car accident where a woman
    was killed and a short time later was so
    oblivious to that fact that they actually
    caught Bruce texting and driving
    ●I repeat, he was married to Kris Kardashian
    and was a part of the Kardashian machine

    I’m sorry, I don’t see a hero.

    • lisa says:


      i have an uncle who was born female who is in her 70s who transitioned before i was born. i think it was very brave and im proud of how my family accepted her as she became him. so i am quite on board with transgendered people. but i find it difficult to be really supportive of bruce and i havent been quite able to express why. but i guess it is the cumulative effect of his bad parenting , crappy driving and selling his life even when he doesnt need to anymore.

      • Po says:

        Exactly, I’ve been hesitant to post a comment anywhere because I know that there are people who have struggled with the transition, which is putting it lightly, but I firmly believe that the Kardashians and Bruce are counting on that. I’m sorry but you can be a questionable human being and be transitioning. Narcissism is equal opportunity.

      • minx says:

        I agree.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        While I have no love lost for Bruce Jenner, he is already a celebrity! There is no way this transition would NOT be a circus! Even if Bruce tried to stay out of the media’s eye, the way the tabloids and so-called genuine media, hound, and stalk celebs, this is going to be crazy!!! At least this way, he has some control over the way his transition is covered.

    • Nedsdag says:

      Thank you. I could not have said it any better myself. Also, if VF wanted to “break barriers” regarding this, I could not think of a better spokesperson than Laverne Cox.

    • Tate says:

      Well said Po. I wish Bruce the best but am hard pressed to see him as a hero.

  8. Talie says:

    Would’ve been better if it was Vogue.

    • Jensies says:

      Vogue would indeed be awesome, but maybe for next year. It’s a fashion magazine whereas Vanity Fair (*in theory*) is a magazine about politics, social issues, etc. VF is a good choice for now, Vogue would be great once s/he’s more established and making a stylistic mark for trans folks.

      That said…I’d rather see Laverne Cox on the cover of Vogue than Bruce. She really cares about fashion and consistently looks amazing, as well as having important things to say.

  9. Lily J says:

    I’m really happy for Bruce. I hope he can find peace with himself. Although, I also do wonder what his motivations are for such high profile covers and this upcoming reality series. Since he’s already been interviewed and come out in pretty surprising detail (both on KUWK and Diane Sawyer), what other reasons besides sheer desire for publicity, greater fame, and money could be his motivation? On one hand, I hope it’s out a genuine desire to promote familiarity and conversation for the trans cause, but on the other, I just can’t help but wonder if Kris and the Kardashian Klan really have rubbed off on him in a big way – after all they are his family. There’s much reason to believe he has self-righteous, fame-whore tendencies too and now it seems like he is selling this for every dime he can get. I don’t know…

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t know either. It does seem like the self-promotion is excessive…yet I do agree that if it helps bring understanding then perhaps it’s worth it?

      • Lily J says:

        That’s true. I think part of my doubts stem from fact this entire family hogs media attention for no reason. They’re so over saturated, so my tiredness of them is influencing how I feel about Bruce. So really only time will tell.

    • Lama Bean says:

      Lily and Esmom, you all summarized my thoughts in a much better manner than I could have. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I think your thoughts are exactly how I’m feeling.

  10. Jen43 says:

    Eh. The Kardashian name has tainted him. I guess he is trying to be the spokesperson for transgenders, but Kristin Beck is a much better choice. I kind of love her. Bruce, i wish well, but I wish he and his extended family would go away.

    • Tate says:

      I pretty much feel the same. Best of luck Bruce but maybe pay attention to your increasingly plastic 17 year old who is sleeping with an idiot 25 year old. Maybe?? Just an idea.

  11. Can any of us say how we would do it if we were in his shoes? As he said, there is no right way to do this. Maybe his thinking is if he puts it all out there and gets richer doing it, then the paparazzi will have nothing left to expose. I am not sure how I feel about transitioning. I don’t know if the good Lord intended on humans doing things like that. We are no longer a society that respects his word but rather a society only concerned with our own selfish interests.

  12. defaultgirl says:

    I won’t put anything past Kris Jenner. Bruce being transgender was probably always her end game. They say when they first got together Bruce already had a C cup. Attention seeking swindlers the entire gang.

    • Seapharris7 says:

      And this family has whored out every single possible tragedy/issue to get attention – every second of their lives documented for at least a decade… Yet, NO ONE said anything about this? It makes me stabby people are falling for this utter malarkey.

  13. Seapharris7 says:

    I’ll believe this isn’t a complete famewhoring PR stunt when I see his cold dead d*ck in the doctor’s hands.

    • BritaBae says:

      What a nasty thing to say. Get some coffee and some class.

      • Seapharris7 says:

        I believe this 110% BS, and I stand by what I said. Anything KarTRASHian related is as disgusting as the Duggars are to me. Bruce KILLED a person, he was involved with a family that pretty much pimps out their daughters. He is no hero.

  14. The Original G says:

    I too, am not comfortable with describing Bruce as a hero. I do think that it has taken a great deal of courage to come out with his journey and make his transition public.

    Bruce isn’t interesting because he’s a spokesperson for transgender issues. He’s interesting because of his willingness to expose this utterly messy difficult situation and his vulnerability.

    JMO, but his story is probably just as much about how his fame and public image have both given him a life and derailed it.

    I also don’t think that you have to wholeheartedly endorse all his life decisions to to have compassion for him and his family or to find his struggle compelling to watch. Time will tell.

  15. Amy says:

    I don’t know how to be in support with Bruce in all of this – like others have said too much of his past with previous families and the Kardashians hangs in the air. He doesn’t feel like a good person and that, regardless of gender, keeps me from being in support of him.

    Laverne Cox? Kristin Beck? All day.

    But Bruce…no, I can admit I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop. His family has no previous issue taking serious private medical and family issues and using them for ratings and I didn’t see him fighting against that all the years he was with them.

    Infertility. Adoption. Plastic surgery. Marriage. They take on major life choices like its nothing. I want Bruce to get through ‘this’ point because I’m curious to see how he’ll live as a woman. Whether they’ll be little Kardashian-esque leaks and paparazzi strolls. Also whether he’ll take responsibility for his role in that accident. I’d like to see him as a good person regardless of whether he’s a woman or a man.

  16. Beds says:

    Did Bruce ever confirm that he’s getting the complete gender reassignment surgery?

  17. LAK says:

    Years ago, I caught a random 5mins of KUWTK where Bruce was complaining about his bad 80s face lift. I’m old enough to remember Bruce being on ‘bad hollywood facelifts’ list. The concensus was that he’d botched his face so badly that he looked feminine.

    In hindsight, perhaps the surgery and that episode of KUWTK wasn’t a mistake. He talked about wanting to get more surgery to fix his face in that episode, but his gender issues weren’t publicly known. I wonder if this was his attempt at transitioning in plain sight without explaining to the public what he was doing. I also wonder whether that 80s face wasn’t a mistake. We all assumed something when clearly he *was* trying to look more feminine.

    • snowflake says:

      ooh, that makes sense. trying to become more feminine, but trying to pass it off as fixing his bad public surgery