Andrej Pejić

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Andrej Pejić
Andrej Pejic at MICHALSKY StyleNite.jpg
Andrej Pejić at Michalsky Stylenite September 2011
Born Andrej Pejić
(1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 22)
Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Nationality Australian
Ethnicity Bosnian Serb-Bosnian Croat
Occupation Model
Modeling information
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Hair color Blonde light[1]
Eye color Green[2]
Measurements 36-30-35 (US) 91.5-76-89 (EU)
Suit UK 39
Shoe size UK 10
Manager Storm

Andrej Pejić (English pronunciation: /ənˈdr pɛˈk/ or /pˈk/[3]) (born 28 August 1991) is an Australian androgynous model of Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serb ethnicity.[4] Pejić has described herself as living "in between genders" and has stated a preference for female pronouns.[5]

Early life[edit]

Pejić was born in Tuzla and has one older brother, Igor. Pejić's mother, Jadranka Savić (Cyrillic Script: Јадранка Савић),[6] is a Bosnian Serb, and Pejić's father, Vlado Pejić, is a Bosnian Croat. The couple divorced shortly after Pejić's birth. During the Bosnian War, Pejić and Igor fled to Serbia with their mother and grandmother, settling in a refugee camp near Belgrade. After the refugee camp, the family settled in Vojska village near Svilajnac.[7]

After the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, Pejić's mother felt unsafe and decided to initiate the process of emigration to Australia. In 2000, the family moved to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as political refugees when Pejić was eight years old.[citation needed]

While attending high school at University High, Pejić was described as being 'academically brilliant.'[8]

Career[edit]

It has been reported that Pejić was scouted as a model just before turning 17 while working at McDonald's,[9] but she has also referenced being scouted at a swimming pool whilst still in high school in Melbourne.[10]

Pejić is notable for modelling both male and female clothing. In the Paris fashion shows of January 2011, Pejić walked both the men's and women's shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier and the men's shows for Marc Jacobs. In May 2011, Pejić's magazine cover for the New York-based magazine Dossier Journal—in which Pejić is pictured taking off a white shirt with long blond locks in curlers—was ruled too risqué by US bookstores Barnes & Noble and Borders, which covered the image with an opaque sleeve.[11] Concerns were expressed that customers would read Pejić as a topless woman.[12]

At the Stylenite in July 2011, Andrej Pejić appeared on the catwalk both in male and female clothes from Michalsky.[citation needed] The following year, Pejić stunned audiences by wearing bridal creations by Spanish designer Rosa Clara at Barcelona’s Bridal Week 2013.[13]

As of September 2011, Pejić ranks no. 18 on the models.com Top 50 Male Models list,[14] and was ranked no. 98 in FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011—[15] an award that was criticized for its hostile tone to transgender individuals, especially transgender women; the magazine referred to Pejić as a 'thing,' commenting, 'Pass the sick bucket'.[16] FHM subsequently removed the copy accompanying Pejić's entry and posted an apology.[17]

On 6 August 2012, Pejić appeared as a guest judge on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.

In 2013, Pejić appeared alongside Iselin Steiro, Saskia de Brauw, Tilda Swinton and David Bowie in the video for Bowie's 2013 single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)".[18]

See also[edit]

  • Casey Legler, a French woman who has signed exclusively as a male model

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stormmodels.com/AndrejPejic.html?boardId=1006
  2. ^ http://www.stormmodels.com/AndrejPejic.html?boardId=1006
  3. ^ "Andrej Pejic - 98th Sexiest Woman in the World - FHM". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ Delany, Max (2010-12-14). "Melbourne's gender-bender model Andrej Pejic is red hot". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Andrej Pejic". La Monda. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Blic Online | Mama Andrej Pejic: "Skoči mi pritisak kad čitam komentare o mom sinu"". Blic.rs. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  7. ^ Naš Andrej je lep ko lutka!; Alo! Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  8. ^ "ninemsn; Caroline Overington: "Raising my androgynous son"". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  9. ^ Williamson, Charlotte (2011-02-20). "Andrej Pejic: Who's that boy?". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive interview: Andrej Pejic". YouTube. 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Barnes & Noble, Borders Censor Bare-Chested Male Model | Pejic". Theage.com.au. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  12. ^ "Male model Andrej Pejic shines as best 'bride' at Barcelona Bridal Week". Jezebel.com. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  13. ^ "Barnes & Noble Censors Cover Featuring Androgynous Male Model". hellomagazine.com. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  14. ^ "Andrej Pejic – Model Profile – Photos & latest news". Models.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  15. ^ "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011 | Girls". FHM.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  16. ^ "Andrej Pejic Is Not A Person | Lela London – Style Guide and Fashion Blog". 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  17. ^ FHM: Andrej Pejic apology
  18. ^ "The Stars (Are Out Tonight) VIDEO EXCLUSIVE". Facebook. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 

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