"I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex."
Fashion model Andreja Pejic tonight shared her life and experience as a transgender woman exclusively with Entertainment Tonight, People.com and Style.com. The acclaimed model who has appeared on covers of Elle and French Vogue, announced that she will only be modeling women’s fashion going forward and that her agency supports her transition. She also told the press that she is supported by her family in Australia and friends around the world.
GLAAD worked with Pejic and her team this week as she prepared to tell her story.
She told GLAAD: "To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right."
Pejic has received international attention modeling men’s and women’s collections on runways and in ad campaigns. She began modeling in 2007, and since then has been named to the Out 100 and received a NewNowNext award for style. She has been on the covers of Elle, New York, and many more, and walked the biggest international runways. In 2013, she co-starred in David Bowie’s music video, “The Stars are Out Tonight,” alongside Tilda Swinton.
As blogger and advocate Monica Roberts has pointed out, the way was paved by trans models like Caroline Cossey, Tracy Africa Norman, and Roberta Close in previous decades, and now models like Ines Rau, Arisce Wanzer, Valentijn De Hingh, Geena Rocero, and many more are a growing presence in the fashion world.
'Gold Digger' (1 of 5) - model: Andrej Pejic - photographer: Anthony Maule - fashion editor/stylist: Robbie Spencer - prop stylist: Gary Card - hair: Lyndell Mansfield - make-up: Ayami Nishimura - location: MKII Studios, London - Dazed & Confused April 2011
Calvin Klein - Dior Homme - Lanvin - Miu Miu - Ann Demeulemeester - Gareth Pugh - Vivienne Westwood for Lee - Paul Smith - A.F. Vandervorst - J Lindeberg - Maison Martin Margiela - Burberry Prorsum - Armani