Congrats Andreja Pejic
We have been major fans of Andreja Pejic (formerly Andrej Pejic) from way back when she was werking it for independent mags in Australia as an androgynous male model. Pejic has come a long way since then, forging a formidable career most models – regardless of gender or sexuality – would be envious of.
In an interview with Style.com, Pejic has just confirmed that she has undergone sexual reassignment surgery and now identifies herself as a transgender woman. She reveals in the interview: “Gender dysphoria is never an easy thing to live with, mainly because people don’t understand it. For most of my childhood, I knew that I preferred all things feminine, but I didn’t know why. I didn’t know that there was an explanation. I didn’t know about the possibilities. And then I went on sort of a boyhood campaign from age 9 to about 13. I tried to be a “normal” boy because I felt like my options were either to be a gay boy or a straight boy. I didn’t feel that I was gay, so I didn’t know that there were any other options until the age of 13, when I went online and discovered that there’s a whole community of trans people out there. There are doctors, there’s medical care, there’s research, and that was an eye-opener for me. From that day on, I knew what I had to do.”
Pejic will now only be modeling women’s clothes and has moved across from the men’s to the women’s board at her agency DNA. Alongside Brazilian model Lea T, Pejic was a trailblazing figure bringing gender identity to the mainstream consciousness. Carine Roitfield put her in French Vogue and Jean Paul Gaultier put her in a wedding dress for his Spring 11 Couture finale, but it was her topless covers for Dossier Journal and New York Magazine as a male model, which made people think about trans beauty.
In a statement to [GLAAD]( http://www.glaad.org/blog/model-andreja-pejic-comes-out-publicly-transgender-woman-shares-her-experience-media-and), Pejic says: “To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right." We love you Pejic and wish you a world of happiness on this new journey. Get it girl!