Model of the Week – Andreja Pejić

December 5, 2017 by Melissa Blaauwendraad

Andreja Pejić

Before coming out as a trans woman in late 2013, Andreja Pejić was known as the first completely androgynous supermodel. Andrea is our Model of the Week! 

Andreja was born in Tuzla, Bosnia. She lived with her older brother Igor, and her parents. Later on, they moved to Vojska where the Andreja settled with her brother and mother. In 2000 they moved again because it was unsafe and the family started to initiate the process of emigration to Australia.

Sometimes I just get dolled up and I go to Kmart

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Andreja went to the high school University High, where she was described as being “academically brilliant”. When she was still in high school in Melbourne, Andreja got scouted at a swimming pool. At this time, she was 17 years old. Smart AND gorgeous!

#LaurenBacall

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Pejić was initially notable for modeling both masculine and feminine clothing. In the Paris fashion shows of January 2011, Pejić walked both the men’s and women’s shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier and the men’s shows for Marc Jacobs. At the Stylenite in July 2011, Pejić appeared on the catwalk both in masculine and feminine clothes from Michalsky. The following year, she modeled bridal creations by Spanish designer Rosa Clara at Barcelona’s Bridal Week 2013.

#nofilter

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Pejić became the first openly transgender model profiled by Vogue, in its May 2015 issue and also became the first ever trans woman to sign a cosmetics contract. In 2016 Andreja was awarded “Best International Female Model” by GQ Portugal and the following year she made history by becoming the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of GQ. We think Andreja Pejic is a real power woman who can be a role model for many people!

A lot of you have written to me, mostly in good spirit and with care, wondering why as of recently I don't do more high fashion shows and I feel this is a good time to address that. Firstly I'd like to think I've worked hard and built up a pretty good resume of work in this industry so I am not inclined to accept every job that comes along. Secondly and more importantly, if I'm being honest about where we stand right now, the truth is that if a girl chooses to be open about her "transness" she will face a reality in the modeling industry where she is too easily stamped with the label of "other" and placed into a separate and rather confined box, which in the context of high fashion is rarely opened. This is part of reality EVEN if you've reached a certain level, EVEN if you posses the right skills/traditional standards of "model beauty" but obviously in differing degrees. Prabal Gurung however is one of those designers that understands the importance of opening this box at this time and place. Of course F the labels and F their cardboard. At the end of the day these are small hurdles in comparison to what most of us gals have had to over come in order to just BE. Long story short thank you @prabalgurung for giving this girl a chance to strut *spirit fingers Also love to @alexwhiteedits for the styling, @diane.kendal for the beat and @anthonyturnerhair for the hair #AndrejaDoc

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Tags: Andreja Pejić, Model Of the week, Transgender

Melissa Blaauwendraad Content/Communication Intern at Modellist-ID Traveling is my biggest passion, the gym is my happy place, I love having a healthy lifestyle and my biggest interest is everything that has to do with the fashion industry. I hope I can get a bit closer to my goals by being the newest Intern at Modellist-ID.

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