Better late than never! For the first time in its history, American Vogue puts a spotlight on a transgender model, and the lucky girl is Andreja Pejic.
The 23-year-old Serbian model, who graced the cover of Out in December 2011, went through a gender confirmation process to transition into a woman last year. In the May issue of Vogue, Pejic takes part in a four-page feature entitled "The New World," investigating fashion's new gender frontiers.
“Society doesn’t tell you that you can be trans,” Pejic says, describing the distress she experienced living life as a boy. “I thought about being gay, but it didn’t fit... I thought, 'Well, maybe this'”—the fantasy of living life as a girl—“'is just something you like to imagine sometimes. Try to be a boy and try to be normal.'”
Pejic first came to prominence on the fashion scene as an androgynous model, walking the runway of Jean Paul Gaultier and posing for many high-fashion editorials. She recently landed her first cosmetic campaign for Make Up For Ever, and will be the subject of a documentary following her transition from androgyny to womanhood.
"I would like to live in a world where your gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and, above all, financial status didn't affect the opportunities you are given in life, the way you're treated by others, and your overall freedom," Pejic told Out in her 2011 cover story. "In a world like that, I wouldn't be given such a complex definition."
Now that the industry is finally catching up, Pejic is able to redefine beauty in her own words, and stay true to herself.
Read the full article at Vogue.com and in the May 2015 issue of Vogue.
Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue.