Barbara Walters unveiled her selection for the Most Fascinating Person of 2015 on her annual ABC special Thursday night, with the honor going to Caitlyn Jenner.
“Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, this year Caitlyn announced that she had transitioned from being a man to a woman, first undergoing several surgical procedures, then legally changing her name,” ABC News reports. “Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world after winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and later became a motivational speaker and a reality TV star with one of television’s most famous families, the Kardashians.”
The report notes that Jenner has become “a symbol of hope for the transgender community.”
Jenner documented her high-profile transition on the E! reality series “I Am Cait,” and was a catalyst for discussion and awareness of transgender issues. In the process, said Walters, Jenner transformed society.
The other people on Walters’ list of the year’s 10 most fascinating people are Amy Schumer, Donald Trump, Tracy Morgan, Misty Copeland, Ronda Rousey, Donna Karan, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Bezos and Bradley Cooper.