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Laverne Cox at the Fashion Media Awards. 

The first of those, for “Scoop of the Year,” went to Vanity Fair—specifically for its July cover story, which revealed the first photos of Caitlyn Jenner following her transition. All details of the story were famously top secret, with most of the magazine’s staff being kept in the dark over which celebrity they were even styling.

Accepting the honor from activist actor Alan Cumming was VF Features Editor Jane Sarkin, who told the audience that her “friends and family are still upset because they didn’t know about [the cover] until the release.” She continued, “But then, Caitlyn didn’t know the release date, either. She found out the minute it went up on the website, when her daughter Kendall told her.”

After praising everyone else involved with “Call Me Caitlyn,” Sarkin thanked Jenner, herself, “for trusting Vanity Fair to tell her story, and for welcoming us into her home… and having the courage to share herself with us before almost anyone else.”

Laverne Cox Shares the Very Personal Story Behind #TransIsBeautiful at the 2015 Fashion Media Awards

2015 will likely go down in history as the year trans issues made it to the forefront of pop culture—and Thursday evening’s Fashion Media Awards, presented by the Daily Front Row, were a perfect example of that.

Co-hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn and model Toni Garrn, and attended by such A-listers as Anna Kendrick, Lily Aldridge, Wiz Khalifa, Sofia Coppola, and a slew of editors and industry insiders, the ceremony recognized those media outlets and people who’ve gone above and beyond in the fashion news biz over the last 12 months.

Of the 10 awards, two were presented to people who’ve made strides in terms of transgender equality and recognition, both in their personal lives and through their work.

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