Caitlyn Jenner was one of the highlights at 2015 ESPY Awards. It was a big night for the former Olympian and she made it all the more special by making a grand red carpet debut.
The 65-year-old athlete made her red carpet debut wearing a plain white beautifully fit floor length Versace gown and looked breathtaking as she climbed the stairs to win the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Caitlyn was honoured with the night's prestigious award by U.S. women's soccer player Abby Wambach. The player first introduced a touching montage of Caitlyn's journey to the stars at the event.
The reality TV star then walked onto the stage and was greeted with a standing ovation from the entire crowd as the Kardashian and Jenner supported their father win the big honour.
"Wow, I have to talk after that? Thank you so much. It is so wonderful to be here tonight. The last few months have been a whirlwind of so many different experiences and emotions. But to tell you the truth, it seems like every time I turn around in life, I'm putting myself in these high-pressure situations-competing in the games, raising a family, but I've never felt more pressure than I have in my life than I have in the last couple of months. Picking out this outfit-OK girls, I get it," she said in her acceptance speech.
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"It was exhausting. And next, the Fashion Police. Please be kind on me, I'm new at this."
She started again, "My plea to you tonight is to join me in making this one of your issues as well... Learn as much as you can about another person."
She continued, "I trained hard. I competed hard. And for this, people respected me. But this transition was harder on me than anything I could have imagined. And that's the case for so many others besides me. For that reason alone, trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect."
In her acceptance speech, Caitlyn Jenner thanked her transgender friends like Laverne Cox and Chaz Bono, and also thanked Diane Sawyer.
"Here comes the tough part, I'd like to thank my family. I never wanted to hurt anyone else, most of all, my family and my kids. I always wanted my children to be so proud of their dad for what he was able to accomplish in his life. You guys have given so much back to me, you've given me so much support. I am so, so grateful to have all of you in my life. Thank you," an emotional Jenner said.
"And last but not least, my mother... I always thought that I got my courage and my determination from my dad who landed on Omaha beach and fought all the way through World War II. But you know, I'm realizing now mom, I think I got all of those qualities from you," Jenner added.
"It is an honor to have the word ‘courage' associated with my life, but on this night, another word comes to mind, and that is ‘fortunate.' I owe a lot to sports. It showed me the world. It's given me an identity," she continued with tears in her eyes.
"If you wanna call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead. Because the reality is I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn't have to take it," Jenner said which touched our hearts!
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Speaking for transgender and also about the critics who slammed her for publicity, the I Am Cait star said, "So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether its about courage or controversy or publicity, it's about what happens from here. It's not just about one person. It's about thousands of people. It's not just about me. It's about all of us accepting one another. We're all different. It's not a bad thing. It's a good thing."
Other recipients of this honour includes Michael Sam (NFL league's first gay player), Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, and former women's college basketball coach Pat Summitt.