Caitlyn Jenner was selected as Barbara Walters’ most fascinating person of 2015 on Thursday night on Walters’ annual “10 Most Fascinating People” program that aired on ABC. She had already announced persons on the list on “Good Morning America” and “The View” during the day. However, she never reveals who the “most fascinating person” is until the program airs. Some people had already guessed that it would be Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
Earlier this year, Caitlyn announced that she had transitioned from being a man to a woman. She first underwent several surgical procedures before legally changing her name. Walters said Caitlyn, who wasn’t interviewed, was selected because of her courage and the impact on society for her very public and inspirational journey. Walters concluded, “Famous and familiar, she raised awareness and acceptance of transgendered people. Through her own transformation, Caitlyn Jenner transformed society this year, and that, for us, makes her the most fascinating person of 2015.” E! Online reports that Caitlyn joins the ranks of Jackie Onassis, Princess Diana, Hillary Clinton and Amal Clooney as the most fascinating person.
The nine other fascinating people were selected and interviewed by the 86-year-old journalist who first began having the “10 Most Fascinating People” in 1993. She was delighted when ABC asked her to do the 90-minute special again this year.
People reported that this year’s list included two presidential hopefuls. Republican candidate Donald Trump was on the list along with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Actors Bradley Cooper, Tracy Morgan and Amy Schumer were included. Misty Copeland made history this year when she was named the first African American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. On the list are also UFC champion Ronda Rousey, fashion designer Donna Karan and founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos.