If she was a bit of an outsider as a man, often wearing womens’ clothes on the runway, fashion is embracing her now, evidenced by the latest issue of Vogue magazine.
The fashion bible charts her remarkable journey as an infant in Bosnia-Herzegovina, growing up in Australia and finally becoming a fashion oddity, a man with the grace and beauty of a woman.
“I thought, ‘Try to be a boy and try to be normal,’” Pejic tells the magazine. But Andreja always knew inside who she was. Last year, she underwent surgery and re-launched her fashion career as a woman.
As a 17-year-old breaking into the business, Pejic, who is six-feet, one-inch tall and wears a size 11 shoe, found she fit right in among the willowy models who dominate the runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan.
“I was worried about my feet being too big, my hands being too big, my jawline being too strong,” she says. Then she discovered, “every girl in fashion is exactly the same. I don’t need to worry!”
Gender aside, there was never any confusion about her looks. Her features are delicate and feminine. All it takes is dark eye shadow, heavy eyeliner and a nice neutral lip gloss to blur the line between male and female.
“Society doesn’t tell you that you can be trans,” she says. “I thought about being gay, but it didn’t fit. I thought, ‘Well, maybe this is just something you like to imagine sometimes.’ Try to be a boy and try to be normal.”
In fact, Pejic walked in both men’s and women’s shows for Jean Paul Gaultier during her debut at Paris Fashion Week. IM first wrote about her career four years ago when Andreja first caused a sensation on the runway.
Some industry insiders tried to warn her against becoming transgender because she would lose the novelty that set her apart from other models. “It’s better to be androgynous than a tranny,” she says she was told. But she was determined.
“It is about showing that this is not just a gimmick,” she says.
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