why caitlyn jenner is team donatella
The trans pioneer opens up about what went into her award winning look.
For Caitlyn Jenner's landmark Vanity Fair cover, the magazine's fashion and style director, Jessica Diehl, kept the trans trailblazer's wardrobe selections stateside: a red hot Donna Karan mini dress, a plunging Zac Posen gown, and a Marilyn Monroe-esque cream corset. But when it came to her ESPY Awards gown, Caitlyn went Italian.
Although her deeply moving Arthur Ashe Courage Award acceptance speech was remarkably well executed, the former Olympian still stressed about what to wear. In a new post on her blog, Jenner shed a little light on the story behind the stunning Atelier Versace gown she sported behind the podium, and how Donatella saved the day.
"Donatella reached out to me and said, 'I want to do the dress.' I said, 'I am SO in,'" she wrote. "We started with designs; they made the dress in Italy. Her head dressmaker came over and we did two fittings to make sure we got it just absolutely perfect. It was like every fantasy of my life come true."
On the night of the ceremony, Jenner tweeted a photo of her glam squad frantically trying to perfect her look. But as she detailed in the post, it was more about feeling comfortable in her own skin than making sure her brow game was TV-ready: "I really wanted to feel real comfortable up there (although there was a corset under that dress, so I don't know how comfortable I was!)," she continued. "I wanted to feel good. I wanted to feel pretty. I wanted to be myself."
Jenner also admitted to being nervous about pulling a Jennifer Lawrence in the floor-length Versace, but sought the help of a fellow LGBT superstar athlete, World Cup winner Abby Wambach, to make sure she didn't take a tumble: "I told her beforehand, 'Abby, we have to have this picture of the two of us up there on stage — you in a tux and me in a Versace gown. THAT is the picture of the ESPYs right there.'"
Back in May, E! aired a pre-Caitlyn Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce special in which Khloe gifted her stepfather a pair of size 13, gold tipped Christian Louboutin pumps. "I don't know her taste yet, so I'm trying to figure that out," the reality star cautioned. "Well, to be honest with you, I don't know her taste either," Bruce confided. Nearly three months later, it's evident that Caitlyn is using fashion as a way to explore her new identity and feel comfortable as her true self.
Text Emily Manning
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