Caitlyn Jenner's new name doesn't quite fit with family tradition -- and that's not an accident.
"It’s one of the hardest things in life -- choosing your own name,” Jenner said of the process, which she discussed with Vanity Fair in a follow-up to yesterday's feature interview.
For Jenner, that process included watching the Miss America pageant, where contestants' names would be both written onscreen and announced aloud, to see if any of them felt right; she selected "Caitlyn," a name she'd already been leaning toward, when her assistant coincidentally suggested it to her.
But there was still an important choice to be made: Caitlyn, with a C? Or Kaitlyn, with a K? If you're familiar with the Kardashian/Jenner clan from TV, you were probably expecting the latter -- which is precisely why Jenner opted for the former. From the article:
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.
It's a bold move for Jenner, with that one little letter representing a big break away from the Jenner/Kardashian brand and toward becoming her own woman.
And though it's just one choice among many that Jenner has made in claiming her identity, it speaks volumes about what we can expect from her moving forward -- and what viewers of "I Am Cait" will see when Jenner's show premieres this summer.