Barack Obama set the previous record in May with his new account.
Jenner sent her first Tweet Monday morning at 9:17 a.m. PST — a bombshell reveal of her Vanity Fair cover, which contained her new name as well as her first photo following her transition — and reached 1 million followers at approximately 1:20 p.m. PST.
Within her first hour, Jenner had amassed 280,000 followers and the numbers quickly grew from there. “Caitlyn Jenner” began trending on Twitter just minutes after she joined.
Just hours after the world got it’s first glimpse of Caitlyn Jenner, ESPN has announced Caitlyn as the 2015 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs on ABC July 15th.
Almost 40 years ago, Bruce Jenner’s Olympic success came as a result of strengthening both his mind and body leading to his status as one of the world’s greatest athletes, but the decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman took a different kind of courage and acceptance of one’s self.
To celebrate that bravery, ESPN today announced that Jenner will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One. Presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is the pinnacle of the sports celebration, which will be televised Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.
Jenner’s unyielding resolve and hard work enabled him to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and break world records. He then parlayed that success into a variety of roles across different areas including television, film, auto racing and business. Although Jenner first captured the attention of the nation for his athletic prowess and determination, the same strength of character shone through this past April when he sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to come out as a transgender woman.
“In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible,” said Jenner. “However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers.”
Many will remember out footballer Michael Sam’s moving acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last year’s ESPYs.
Bruce Jenner finally reveals “her” – and her name is Caitlyn Jenner.
From Vanity Fair:
The transgender Olympic champion, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, reveals her true self in a photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz and interview with Buzz Bissinger.
Shortly after the image went public Caitln tweeted this:
In the video below from Vanity Fair, Jenner says:
“The last few days in doing this shoot was about my life. And who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium. It’s not about going down the street and everybody giving me ‘Thataboy, Bruce!’ Pat on the back, Ok? This about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day he always had a secret from morning till night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. Soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.”