Fresh out of high school, Ella Giselle
is one of the new
faces to join Caitlyn Jenner
on the new season of I Am Cait
At 18, she is the youngest member of Jenner’s squad, which
includes activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, author Kate Bornstein, actress Candis
, and activist Chandi Moore.
In season two, Jenner gathers her friends together for a month-long
road trip. For Jenner, it’s an opportunity to meet other transgender people and
explore life as an activist as she finds her place in the community. But she’s
not the only one finding herself.
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Introduced as a daughter of one of Jenner’s longtime friends
in the premiere, Giselle knows the reality star through her former assistant
Ronda Kamihira. “She was like a second mother to me when I was younger,”
Giselle tells ETonline about Kamihira, who dated her father.
Despite the connection, it wasn’t until Jenner came out on
the cover of Vanity Fair
was aware of the former Olympian. The moment came right as Giselle was finishing
her senior year of high school -- and her first year as an openly transgender
“It changed the game,” Giselle says of the cover, noticing
the impact it had on her fellow students, who had been “receptive but quiet” of
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Inspired by David Bowie and Lady Gaga, Giselle transitioned between
her junior and senior year. The two singers -- Bowie, in particular, who became
famous for his androgynous esthetic -- helped her “discover” her gender.
“The moment Caitlyn came out, it was like I was handed this
armor,” Giselle says. “At that moment, people were asking questions and were