It's well over three since years since an androgynous young Australian, born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, caught our attention. The then Andrej Pejic featured in a number of our articles (see Related Stories below) and unleashed a wave of androgynous male models on the fashion industry like Stav Strashko and Stas Fedyanin. Yesterday the 22-year-old revealed that he has come out as a transgender woman after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
"I always dreamt of being a girl," said the supermodel. "One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom's skirt trying to look like a ballerina. I want to share my story with the world because I think I have a social responsibility. I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue."
The Aussie stunner first caught the eyes of editors as a male model who walked in both the womenswear and menswear shows for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, DKNY and Marc Jacobs along with appearances on the covers of Elle and New York magazines, where she remained coy about her gender preference.
Just a year and a half ago the model decided she wanted to do something about it. "I reevaluated things," she said. "I was proud of my gender nonconforming career. But my biggest dream was to be comfortable in my own body. I have to be true to myself and the career is just going to have to fit around that. I figured out who I was very early on—actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet—so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do. But it wasn’t possible at the time, and I put it off, and androgyny became a way of expressing my femininity without having to explain myself to people too much."
On her decision to change her name by adding an "a" to the end of it, Pejic noted, "it’s not a full transformation —it’s just an evolution....Andrej is a Christian Orthodox name, and in that religion, it’s definitely a male name. So I kept the 'j' and added an 'a,' which actually becomes a name that I don’t think exists. But I wanted to keep the 'j' because that’s me. That’s my name."
in future, Pejic will only take to the catwalk in womenswear shows.
Lustralboy says: As early admirers of the independent spirit of then Andrej, we wish all good fortune to the still amazing Andreja.
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