Americans were glued to their TV sets this Friday for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer during which he came out as a trans woman. In the days since, there has been plenty of public support for Bruce’s journey, which will be chronicled in a new eight-part E! docu-series. The athlete’s family tweeted and Instagrammed words and images of support and pride for Jenner, but today, Kim Kardashian sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show to express just how happy she and the family are for Jenner at this moment.
“I’m really happy for him that he’s living his life the way he wants to live it and that he has found inner peace and just pure happiness,” she said. “That’s what life is about. I don’t know what life would be like if you always felt like you weren’t yourself. And I know it’s not something that you or I can fully understand, but I don’t even think we have to.” Kardashian admits that the news is still a huge adjustment for the Kardashian-Jenners and says that they have had several meetings on the topic as they get used to Bruce’s changing identity. Kardashian West also noted that the family will continue to use male pronouns until further notice. “Until that transition is done, we’ve learned that you do refer to him as ‘him.'”
In the meantime, people all over the world are showing support for Mr. Jenner with the #PaintYourNailsforBruce campaign. During the Diane Sawyer interview, Jenner expressed a simple wish that he would be able to wear nail polish long enough to see it chip. Australian radio station KIIS 1065 launched the campaign to help show Bruce some solidarity. Women and men alike have participated and are showing off their manis on social media with the accompanying hashtag.
— Anna-Maria Ivstedt (@amivstedt) April 27, 2015
— happi927 (@happi927) April 27, 2015
— Richard Reid (@RReidsHollywood) April 26, 2015
— Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) April 25, 2015
— Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) April 23, 2015
This show of overwhelming support is enough to give us a little more faith in humanity. We wish Bruce the best on his new journey and will totally be hitting the nail salon for a long-overdue mani in his honor.