VOGUE American released their May Issue today, making history by profiling their first ever transgender model. Inside the coveted pages, one can find an intimate and beautiful four-page profile of Transgender Supermodel and Luminary Andreja Pejic. The spread is titled ‘The New World’, shot by the legendary Patrick Demarchelier. The issue takes a wider look into ‘Trans America’, which is dubbed ‘the frontier in gender politics’. The interview, which can be found here – http://vogue.cm/1OyFmgI
Andreja opened up and allowed a rare insight into her world, sharing that “There are just more categories now, it’s good. We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated”.
Also released in the interview is the exciting announcement that Andreja is the first transgender model to secure a significant cosmetics campaign. This year, we will see her appear as the face of Make Up For Ever. As Andreja continues to break the barrier for transgender models in the fashion industry, and transgender individuals internationally, she has been pursuing a documentary about her transition from androgyny to womanhood since 2013. During London Fashion Week in February 2015, Andreja made her first runway debut as a female, for Giles Deacon.
“Andreja had an extraordinary career as a male model, often modeling female clothes; she pulled it off. It opened a lot of eyes and made people see things from a new perspective. We’re going to see her influence for years to come”, says Gene Kogan, codirector of the men’s division at Pejic’s former agency, DNA Model Management. Today The Society Management’s women’s board exclusively represents her in North America.
Raised in Australia, from Serbian and Croatian descent, Pejić was first discovered as a teen and has since become an inspiration to the international fashion industry and transgender community. She was the first model to make a successful career in both womenswear and menswear, along with being featured on both gender boards of her modeling agency. Pejić was discovered in 2007 while working at McDonalds and rose to fame after her 2010 Paris Vogue feature styled by Carine Roitfeld, where Pejić was dressed in women’s wear and photographed by Mert & Marcus. Pejić went on to walk in top runway shows such as Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, and Jean Paul Gaultier where she opened the show in woman’s Haute Couture and closed the show in a men’s suit. After that Pejić became known as one ofGaultier’s muses, and was highlighted in his print ads and walked as the mariée in his women’s wear Haute Couture Spring 2011 show.