The world has had so many questions about Caitlyn Jenner since her debut on our July cover this week. While many of those burning queries are answered in Pulitzer Prize–winning contributing editor Buzz Bissinger’s in-depth profile, which is available for download here, one has remained unanswered, until now: How did Caitlyn choose her new name?
Jenner elaborated a bit more on the choice for VF.com on Monday. It turns out it was not an easy decision, and a lot of thought went into it. She began the search process over two years ago.
With the name itself set, Jenner went back and forth about how it would be spelled, between “k” and “c” as the first letter—no small task in the Jenner/Kardashian family, with its trademark “k” names. Finally, she decided it was best to break tradition, and the media associations that went with it. She settled on “c.”
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