Pejic rose to fame as Andrej Pejic, an androgynous male model who famously covered a 2010 issue of Paris Vogue , followed by runway appearances for Gaultier, a Marc by Marc Jacobs ad campaign, and a slew of magazine covers — including the fall 2011 issues of both New York Magazine and Dossier Journal, on which the then-male Pejic appeared shirtless, and caused a lot of controversy at the newsstands. (Because shirtless men = okay, and shirtless ladies = bad, remember?)
In an interview with Style.com, Pejic states that she knew at age 13 that she was meant to be a woman, and transitioning was "always something I needed to do." But, until transitioning was possible, "androgyny became a way of expressing my femininity without having to explain myself to people too much," especially to friends who had no understanding of trans* culture or gender identity.
Now, Pejic hopes to speak more about the challenges of living with gender dysphoria "to give a human face to this struggle." Read the full interview with Pejic at Style.com, where she debunks myths about trans* people, talks about transitioning from a male to a female model, and gives the thoroughly touching story behind her new name. It's a fascinating interview with a woman who looks set to became another much-needed advocate for the trans* community. Viva Andreja! (Style.com)
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