Caitlyn Jenner's Mother on Meeting Her for the First Time: "She Is So Much More At Ease"

Esther = Mom of the Year.

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When reporters began calling her in February asking about rumors of her son's transition, Esther Jenner told them (opens in new tab) she was proud of him more than ever and that "it takes a lot of courage to do what he's doing." The 88-year-old widow's tune hasn't changed now that Caitlyn Jenner has revealed herself to the world (opens in new tab) in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

"I was there last week, well actually, I got home a week and a half ago," Esther told Access Hollywood (opens in new tab). "And I met Caitlyn. She is…so much more at ease."

But, as Esther said to the Associated Press (opens in new tab) months ago, "it's difficult to wrap your mind around it," which explains why she's still calling Caitlyn by her birth name.

"His father and I named him [Bruce]," she said. "It's going to be a struggle for me to get used to the change, but happily so…I'm very happy for him—or her!"

Brava, Esther. We could use more people like you in the world. See other inspiring reactions here (opens in new tab).

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.