Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair Issue Named Cover of the Year

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shot "Call Me Caitlyn"

By Francesca Bacardi Feb 04, 2016 5:23 PMTags
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Caitlyn Jenner already has earned a plethora of awards in 2015, but now she can add another to her list.

The American Society of Magazine Editors named the I Am Cait star's Vanity Fair issue Cover of the Year Wednesday, while ESPN The Magazine's "Body 2015: Chantae McMillan" received the Readers' Choice Award by the organization.

"The cover contest judges had tough decisions to make this year," said ASME Chief Executive Sid Holt, per The Wrap. "Any time you have to choose between an already legendary Annie Leibovitz shoot on the cover of Vanity Fair, a Mark Seliger comedy special on GQ and one of the year's most talked-about news covers, 'Cosby: The Women' on New York—plus Serena Williams on both Sports Illustrated and New York—that's a good time to be a magazine editor and an even better time to be a magazine reader."

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Jenner made her debut as Caitlyn on the issue "Call Me Caitlyn" in June 2015. Shot by Leibovitz, Caitlyn wore a cream-colored, strapless bodysuit. Inside the issue she discussed everything about her transition, from her family to wrapping her head around the fact that she was going to be living her true identity.

"I had this one time where I had not had a mirror behind me and they put this mirror up behind when I was doing this shoot," she recalled. "I had this rocking black outfit on, formal outfit, and I kind of, from a distance, looked in the mirror and I felt, 'Oh, my God.' That's the first time I'd ever really seen an image of me, of who I am. I mean over-the-top better than I thought it would ever be, especially at my age.

"You know, you think it's kind of over with at that age. And seeing that image was powerful to me, you know, powerful. And I kind of looked at it and said, 'You know what? This is going to work. We're going to be OK with this, you know?' So yeah, we move forward. I am so excited about the future."

She even revealed how and why she came up with the name Caitlyn, notably spelling it with a C instead of a K like the Kardashians. The E! star admitted she would watch beauty pageants for inspiration, but it was really her assistant, Rhonda, who randomly mentioned liking the name Caitlyn. Always liking the name Cathy, Caitlyn took the coincidence as a sign and rolled with it.

Make sure to tune-in to the second season premiere of I Am Cait Sunday, March 6, at 9 p.m. only on E!.

Watch: Kris Jenner "Proud" of Family Accepting Caitlyn Jenner