A manicure isn't necessarily something most folks would consider a big deal. But in Caitlyn Jenner's case, it was a very important part of a dream glamsquad experience that brought her first public appearance presenting as a woman to the cover of Vanity Fair.
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Celebrity nail artist Deborah Lippmann, master makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo, and hair guru Oribe worked together to make Jenner feel comfortable and beautiful on set. While they each played a part in the cover look, it was Lippmann -- the first person to ever give Jenner a professional manicure -- who shed light on the fact that something as small as a mani can mean so much more. As she explained to Vanity Fair:
"Looking back on my career, this shoot was historic on so many levels, because I realized how important nails are to transgender women. Nothing compared to this cover. It opened my heart, and it opened my eyes, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it."
Of course, not all transgender women transition in the same ways; some trans women may never be interested in receiving a manicure. For others, however, something like receiving their very first professional beauty treatment can be an important -- and defining -- milestone. Prior to the shoot, Jenner had only done her own nails.
Lippmann took to Instagram to show her support with a photo of the iconic cover and the caption: "I am proud to have given @CaitlynJenner her first manicure and pedicure. Thank you Caitlyn for opening my eyes, heart and soul. I adore you. Xo."
I am proud to have given @CaitlynJenner her first manicure and pedicure. Thank you Caitlyn for opening my eyes, heart and soul. I adore you. Xo #AnnieLeibovitz and @VanityFair for including me in this historic moment. #CallMeCaitlyn Fashion Direction by @jdiehlpoynter Hair by @oribecanales Makeup by @markcarrasquillo Booking Editor @kmacnyc Set design by @maryhowardstudio
For more from the interview, head over to Vanityfair.com.