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How did Caitlyn Jenner choose her new name?

Apparently, she wanted to break the Kardashian tradition of trademark 'K' names

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 3 Jun 2015

Why 'Caitlyn'?
Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner made history after making her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2015 cover. But ever since the big reveal on Monday, people couldn't help but wonder why Caitlyn chose to spell her name with a 'C' and not a 'K.'

"It's one of the hardest things in life – choosing your own name," said Caitlyn. In her interview with VF, she said she watched the Miss America pageant and got some ideas from a few of the contestants' names.

Eventually, she settled on the names Heather, Caitlyn and Cathy. But it was her assistant Rhonda, who at one point suggested 'Caitlyn' that sealed the deal. She decided to keep the 'C' to break tradition and the media associations connected with the 'K family.'

Meanwhile, Laverne Cox, a fellow transgender celebrity thinks Caitlyn is more than just a beautiful woman with a beautiful name.

"Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities. The love and devotion she has for her family and that they have for her," wrote Laverne Cox. "Her courage to move past denial into her truth so publicly. These things are beyond beautiful to me."

Related: Introducing Caitlyn Jenner
Related: Reactions to Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner


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