In an exclusive cover shoot for the July issue of Vanity Fair previewed on Monday, former Olympian Bruce Jenner introduced herself as Caitlyn Jenner.
Jenner also sat down for an extensive interview with “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger about the life-changing choice to transition to womanhood.
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life,’ ” she told Bissinger in the interview.
During a recent “Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce” special, taped earlier this year, Jenner told stepdaughter Khloé Kardashian the plan to fully transition would happen “probably in the spring.”
Jenner’s new life as a woman will be chronciled in an eight-part docuseries premiering in July on E!
“Bruce always had to tell a lie,” Jenner said in a behind the scenes video taken during the Vanity Fair shoot. “He was always living that lie. Every day, he always had a secret, from morning ’til night. Caitlin doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”
The new Jenner cover could net record-breaking newsstand sales for the Conde Nast title — whose best-selling cover, in September 2005, featured Jennifer Aniston‘s first interview after separating from Brad Pitt.
Leibovitz, a veteran photographer, most recently photographed the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” cast for Vanity Fair’s June cover and has chronicled the world’s biggest celebrities over her 40-plus year career, including Michael Jackson, George Clooney, Queen Elizabeth II, Johnny Depp and Lady Gaga.
See the full photo below, and a behind the scenes video, above.