Caitlyn Jenner named 2015's Most Fascinating Person by Barbara Walters
UPI News Service, 12/18/2015
Caitlyn Jenner has been declared the "Most Fascinating Person of 2015" by Barbara Walters.
The famed broadcast journalist announced the other nine celebrities on her roster earlier this month, but she waited to reveal the winner of the top spot until her year-end special aired Thursday night on ABC.
"And, finally, our choice for the Most Fascinating Person of the Year was once called the World's Greatest Athlete. Traditionally, that title was given to the man who won the Olympic Decathalon. When Bruce Jenner won it in 1976, it was a huge accomplishment. It had everybody talking, but it was nothing like this," Walters said.
"When Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner, there was a seismic shift in the gender universe. If you were unable to take your eyes off of Caitlyn Jenner this year, you weren't alone. ... Famous and familiar, she raised awareness and acceptance of transgender people. Through her own transformation, Caitlyn Jenner transformed society this year and that, for us, makes her the Most Fascinating Person of 2015. "
The program included footage of the transgender former Olympic athlete's sports, celebrity-endorsement and reality TV careers as Bruce, as well as scenes from his recent metamorphosis into Caitlyn, whom Jenner publicly revealed this year at the age of 65. Jenner did not sit for an interview with Walters for the TV special, however.
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