"I am Cait", the much-awaited eight part reality TV show, will be aired on E! on Sunday, 26 July, at 8 pm. The series will focus on the titular character, Caitlyn Jenner, as she navigates through different roles and understands what it means to be a woman. For E!, "I Am Cait" will be a different reality TV shwo in comparison to the boisterous brood of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians".
Caitlyn Jenner is clearly the champion of the show and she is now looking to cater to the issues and complexities faced by the transgender community by making it personal. The series will deal with how well Jenner fits into her new role.
The show begins with a clip of Caitlyn lying in bed, her head clouded with news of suicides committed by members of the transgender community across the US. It later cuts to Caitlyn getting ready for her "Vanity Fair" photoshoot and meeting her mother and sisters, who wait to see her as Caitlyn. Through tears, shock and anxieties, they hug it out, and accept Bruce Jenner as the elegant and glamourous Cait. Later in the show, Cait and her sister Pam play a game of Tennis, Kylie Jenner gives her green hair extensions and Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West also make an appearance. While much of the drama takes place in Cait's familiar space, her home, towards the end, she steps out and meets the family of a teenage transgender boy, who had committed suicide.
The docu series makes a significant departure from depicting the vapidity of a celebrity's life and instead, it normalises the tensions faced by the transgender community. In the show's promo, Caitlyn says, "People don't understand looking in a mirror and nothing seems right. Putting on clothes that you really don't identify with; this is about getting to be who you really are."
As she boldly embodies her sex change, the show captures moments of doubt and this, presents the most complex and dynamic relationship Caitlyn has with herself. In the show, Caitlyn remarks about the importance of a sports bra while playing tennis with her sister Pam. Her role as Caitlyn Jenner shows her tryst with a new identity and in doing this, she becomes the face of this journey for the entire transgender community.