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Bruce Jenner stirs sex change rumors with long ponytail and Spanx obsession

Bruce Jenner is the target of renewed sex change rumors over his vehement refusal to cut his long ponytail. Jenner's family has been browbeating him to cut his hair for months. Bruce began wearing the ponytail in January after separating from Kris Jenner, his wife of 22 years.

Bruce Jenner sex change reports fueled by plastic surgery and Spanx obsession
Bruce Jenner sex change reports fueled by plastic surgery and Spanx obsession
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On the season finale of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Bruce's stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, asked Jenner to cut his ponytail before walking her down the aisle, saying his hair would look bad in her wedding photos. Despite her emotional pleas, Jenner's hair has only gotten longer since then.

That said, there are lots of men with long hair and ponytails whose masculinity isn't called into question, but Jenner has not been so fortunate.

Over the years, Bruce has repeatedly been the subject of rumors that he secretly wants to be a woman and is making moves toward getting a sex change operation. Adding fuel to the speculation was his insistence on sporting ombré-tinted hair and getting regular manicures.

Last month, numerous reports claimed Jenner had become obsessed with wearing Spanx slimming girdles under his clothes every day. Jenner's stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, has been open about her love for Spanx, and has been photographed wearing them under all her body-hugging red carpet fashions.

Kim recently lost seven pounds with a low carb ketogenic style diet and corset "waist training," which involves wearing a corset for extended periods of time to make it smaller.

In January 2014, Jenner got a laryngeal shave, a plastic surgery procedure that flattens the Adam's apple. The laryngeal shave is usually a precursor to a sex change operation.

Bruce's estranged wife, Kris, has slammed the gender reassignment surgery rumors as tabloid lies. Sources said Jenner does not want to be a woman, but is obsessed with looking young and thinks plastic surgery is the answer.

Jenner, who won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon in 1976, has been tabloid fodder for his numerous plastic surgeries for the past 30 years. He got a nose job and a partial facelift in 1984, and a second corrective facelift in 2009.

Bruce may have had other surgeries since then. Experts said Jenner's numerous plastic surgeries likely stem from body dysmorphic disorder, which is an obsessive preoccupation with a minor or nonexistent physical flaw.