Transgender Model Andreja Pejic: I Never Thought I’d Land Vogue (PHOTO)
Transgender model Andreja Pejic is overjoyed about her four-page spread in Vogue, and posted a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday to thank the fashion magazine for giving her the opportunity to grace its pages.
The runway model, who was born male with the name Andrej Pejic and used to model as a man, wrote, “If at the beginning of my career in the modeling industry or half way through it or even this time last year you told me that I would end up having a 4 page feature in AMERICAN VOGUE I would have probably told you ‘oh I dunno about that! That might be a bit difficult to achieve in the near future.'”
She continued, “In fact I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none. So you can only imagine what I’m feeling right now! Thank you #AnnaWintour, #TonneGoodman, #PatrickDemarchelier and #HelenaSuric for making history and having me part of it but even more importantly for representing a whole social minority and an often forgotten community of women in such an important publication and opening doors for the rest of the fashion industry to do so!”
During her new interview with Vogue, Pejic admitted that she received a lot of flak about wanting to undergo gender-confirmation surgery. She had the procedure done last year, and walked for the first time as a fully transitioned woman in the Giles Deacon 2015 fall show in London. “There was definitely a lot of ‘Oh, you’re going to lose what’s special about you. You’re not going to be interesting anymore,'” said Pejic about the criticism.
Besides landing her Vogue spread, Pejic is also one of the first transgender models to land a major beauty campaign after she was signed on to be the face of Make Up For Ever. Pejic shared one of her Vogue pictures on Instagram. Check it out below, and tell us what you think.