Caitlyn Jenner has decided how she will celebrate her 40th anniversary of winning the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon gold medal. She will reportedly go nude on the cover of the much reputed Sports Illustrated. However, this decision could generate some backlash.
Bob Costas of NBC Sports called Jenner’s decision of becoming an open transgender in 2015 “a crass exploitation play, a tabloid play” on the Dan Patrick Show. He then went on to wish her all the happiness and peace of mind in the world.
SI’ reported decision to feature Jenner nude on its cover with nothing but the American flag and her medal could receive a similar backlash. However, it has to be noted that the 66-year-old was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs when she decided to make the transition to become an openly transgender woman.
The news of Jenner appearing nude on SI’s cover with “nothing but an American flag and her Olympic medal” was reported by Dana Rose Falcone of Us Weekly. It’s reported that the medal is the “most prized possession” of the New York native and “She’s excited about that”.
Jenner created a new world record during the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal with 9,618 points in decathlon. The feat actually labeled her as the world’s best all-round athlete.
The “I am Cait” starrer has been vocal about the transgender community and wants them to be accepted at a greater level. During her speech at the 2015 ESPYs, Jenner mentioned that the transgender community deserves respect.
“Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect. From that respect comes a more compassionate community.” Jenner said, as reported by ESPN.
Despite a chance of facing criticism and backlash from the society, it seems that Jenner won’t back away from her decision to go nude on the SI’s cover. She wants to continue her influence to promote the rights of the transgender community.
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