Caitlyn Jenner was recognized with one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Awards as their transgender champion.
During her award acceptance speech, she quoted Simone de Beauvoir, who said: “‘You are not born woman. You become one’ … Words I live by.”
She also spoke about how isolated she felt when she wasn’t being true to herself: “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.”
In a video that played during the awards ceremony, she also spoke about how supportive her family has been: “I am so blessed I have family. And not one of them has abandoned me; they’ve all been supportive of me. It’s incredible.”
Speaking of family, the following night, Caitlyn supported daughter Kendell Jenner as she made her debut on the stage of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show.