Caitlyn Jenner has been named the most fascinating person of 2015.
It’s been a huge year for the reality TV star- formerly known as Bruce – who announced in April (15) she was transgender and unveiled her new look as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair in June (15). Now Caitlyn, 66, has been given the top honor by broadcast journalist Barbara Walters as she listed her 10 most captivating people of 2015.
“Our choice for the most fascinating person of the year was once called the world’s greatest athlete,” Barbara announced on the annual TV show. “Traditionally that title was given to the man who won the Olympic decathlon. When Bruce Jenner won it in 1976, it was a huge accomplishment that had everybody talking. But it was nothing like this. When Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner, there was a seismic shift in the gender universe.”
Barbara also praised Caitlyn for raising “awareness and acceptance” of transgender people and acknowledged it’s not been an easy road for the star.
“She was a lightning rod for criticism,” the host continued. “First, for the (Arthur Ashe) Courage Award that ESPN gave her. Then for the glamorous style of her transition. But Caitlyn’s celebrity brought new attention to the grim reality of life for many transgendered people.”
Caitlyn topped a list that also mentioned the likes of actor Bradley Cooper, designer Donna Karan and controversial politician Donald Trump.
Also among the top 10 was comedienne Amy Schumer, who has made waves with her very honest romance movie Trainwreck. She’s become an ambassador for women across the world and shared her body-positive mantra on the show.
“I’m not a model, and I don’t feel apologetic about that. I feel good naked…I feel like when I take my clothes off saying, ‘You’re welcome,'” she smiled.
– Cover Media0