While gracing the September issue is the fashion industry’s highest honor, officially solidifying her place as a legit model and not just the sister of a Kardashian, Jenner couldn’t escape talking about her family just a little bit. For the first time, Jenner really opened up about what it was like to deal with her father’s very public transition from Bruce to Caitlyn Jenner.

“It’s super-ironic to think about now, but it’s something I can thank my dad for: how much of a tomboy I was,” she explained. “That’s why I think the whole thing, her transition, was really hard for me, because I was like ‘But you taught me everything tomboy!’”

“I knew it was going to have its rough phase,” she continued. “But it’s all super normal now. It’s not weird at all. Sometimes I look at a picture of my dad when she was a guy, and it makes me a little sad, I get emotional. You have to get past it; you’ve got a new person to love. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise, if that’s not the wrong way to say it.”

While Jenner insists that she and her family are not judgmental, she admits having her super athletic dad transition to a woman was “strange.” “We’re not judgmental. But obviously, it’s strange having your dad, who was so male, completely reverse. It is definitely a gnarly experience,” she confessed. “But my whole life we would, like, catch her, and we would be like, what is going on here? I think we know, but do we?”

These days, Jenner says her relationship with her father is better than ever despite the near-constant media scrutiny, which she credits largely to her Kardashian sisters. “One of the best lessons I ever learned from my sisters is not to take everything so seriously. Just leave it alone, it will pass in a week. “

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