Transgender model Andreja Pejic has made history by being the first transgender model to be featured and profiled inside Vogue magazine. The model was born in Bosnia and later fled to a refugee camp in Belgrade with her family after war broke out in Bosnia. The family eventually moved to Australia where the model says she began to be bullied.
Inside the magazine the model speaks of her experience saying “I wanted to stop puberty in its early tracks. I was worried about my feet being too big, my hands being too big, my jawline being too strong.” Pejic was eventually discovered in a McDonalds in Melbourne when she was 16 years old and her modeling career took off.
So far, Pejic has had a very successful career, working with designers like Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier and has graced the covers of Elle, GQ Australia and i-D. She appeared in David Bowie’s “The Stars (Are Out Tonight” Video and as a guest judge on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. She was also named one of Out Magazine’s Most compelling people and one of FHM’s sexiest women in the world. Most recently, she became the first transgender model to land a major beauty campaign representing Make Up For Ever.
Speaking about the future of transgender women in the fashion industry she stated “We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated. It’s about showing that this is not just a gimmick.”