9 Trans Vanity Fair Photos That Teach Us About Beauty

Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover sparked a viral initiative with a valuable lesson.

Jun 17, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair (Screenshot: Photograph by Annie Leibovitz)

It all started when Vanity Fair released its most recent issue, with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover revealing her new name. The American television personality and former Olympic champion men's track and field athlete recently came out as a transgender woman, sparking a flood of supportive dialogue on gender issues - online and offline. 
Enter Crystal Frasier and Jenn Dolari, two American roommates who thought they deserved a Vanity Fair Cover too - and wanted to spread a message about standards of beauty in the transgender community. In a message posted on Tumblr, they opined: “...whether we fit those standards or not, we’re beautiful, and we all deserve to feel beautiful, and be acknowledged by the world. Admiration and praise for trans women shouldn’t only come if we fit a narrow definition of beauty.” They then posted their own versions of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, with the hashtag #MyVanityFairCover, and encouraged others to do the same. And they did.
What follows is a selection of those proud photos, which shine a light on the spectrum of different faces in the trans community - as any sector in broader society. This viral, grassroots initiative makes it abundantly clear: there is no one single definition of beauty.

2. CALL ME JENN

4. CALL ME MIA

 

Call me Mia #myvanityfaircover

A photo posted by M.I.A (@tourist.dad) onJun 4, 2015 at 9:53am PDT

6. CALL ME KAT

 

(They/Her) #MyVanityFairCover If anyone else wants to do this, give me your kik and i'll send the white and black one

A photo posted by (੭•̀ω•́)੭̸*✩⁺˚ Kat Ebony (@anxious.spider) onJun 5, 2015 at 7:56pm PDT

8. CALL ME LEVI

9. CALL ME NADIA

 

This is pretty much the best thing ever. http://ow.ly/2btksR #MyVanityFairCover #TransIsBeautiful @nmgsanetwork

A photo posted by Equality New Mexico (@equalitynm) onJun 5, 2015 at 1:01pm PDT