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In a former life, Caitlyn Jenner adorned the front of Wheaties boxes. Now, she's on the cover of Vanity Fair — and on the arm of one very passionate supporter.
Greensboro, North Carolina, resident Jason Hatfield got Jenner's magazine cover image tattooed on his left forearm Tuesday to show solidarity with her after her gender transition.
"Caitlyn Jenner's been so brave," Hatfield, who is gay, told NBC News affiliate WXII in North Carolina. "As an athlete and everything that was done before she came out, she was incredible. And now she's a thousand times the role model a Kardashian is!"
The tattoo, which took four hours to complete, is "my tribute not only to the transsexual community and the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] community and my personal friends, but also their bravery as well," he said.
Jenner, 65, first appeared as a woman on the cover of the June 1 issue of Vanity Fair, in a picture taken by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. The caption — which read "Call Me Caitlyn" — introduced the world to the person Jenner had previously only referred to as "her" in a deeply personal interview in April with ABC News' Diane Sawyer. Jenner still identified as male and went by Bruce at the time of the interview.
The former Olympian who in 1978 graced the "Breakfast of Champions" cereal box confessed to Sawyer that "I've always been confused with my gender identity."
In recent years, Jenner was better known as the eye-rolling father in the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" clan who somewhat faded into the background of the fast-paced lives of the Kardashians and Jenner children.
Chuckling, Jenner told Sawyer that throughout the hundreds of episodes of the show that focused on the rest of the family, "I had the story."