Andreja Pejić

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Andreja Pejić
Andrej Pejic at MICHALSKY StyleNite.jpg
Pejić at Michalsky Stylenite in September 2011
Born Andrej Pejić
(1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 25)
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nationality Australian
Occupation Model
Modeling information
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Hair color Light blonde[1]
Eye color Green[1]
Manager Storm

Andreja Pejić (English pronunciation: /ənˈdrjə ˈpɛɪk/;[2] born Andrej Pejić,[3] 28 August 1991) is an Australian model. Pejić is a trans woman, who until 2014 was billed as an androgynous male model and self-described as living "between genders".[4]

Early life[edit]

Pejić was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina and has one older brother, Igor. Her mother, Jadranka Savić,[5] is a Bosnian Serb, and her 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.[6]

After the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, 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.[7][8]

While attending high school at University High, Pejić was described as being "academically brilliant".[9]


Pejić was scouted as a model just before her 17th birthday while working at McDonald's,[10] though she has also said in an interview that she was scouted at a swimming pool while still in high school in Melbourne.[11]

Pejić was initially notable for modelling both masculine and feminine 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, her 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.[12] Concerns were expressed that customers would read Pejić as a topless woman.[13]

At the Stylenite in July 2011, Pejić appeared on the catwalk both in masculine and feminine clothes from Michalsky.[14] The following year, she modeled bridal creations by Spanish designer Rosa Clara at Barcelona's Bridal Week 2013.[15]

In 2011 Pejić ranked No. 18 on the Top 50 Male Models list,[8][16] was named one of Out's Most Compelling People,[8] and was ranked No. 98 in FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011,[17] 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."[18] FHM subsequently removed the copy accompanying Pejić's entry and posted an apology.[19]

On 6 August 2012, Pejić appeared as a guest judge on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.[20]

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)".[21]

In late 2013, she made her acting debut playing Radu the Beautiful in the short-lived Turkish TV series Fatih, which is based on the life of Mehmed the Conqueror.[22]

In early 2014, Pejić underwent sex reassignment surgery. In July, she spoke about her transgender identity with an interviewer from People.[23]

In September 2014, Pejić announced plans on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to create a film about her reassignment surgery and life as a transgender woman. Pejić started off with a modest projected goal of $40,000, ultimately exceeding the target funding goal.[24]

Pejić became the first openly transgender model profiled by Vogue, in its May 2015 issue.[25]


  1. ^ a b c "Andreja Pejic". Storm Models. Archived from the original on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Andrej Pejic – 98th Sexiest Woman in the World – FHM". Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [ǎndrej pěːjit͡ɕ]
  4. ^ Thomas, Guillaume (11 October 2013). "Andrej Pejic". La Monda. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Blic Online | Mama Andrej Pejic: "Skoči mi pritisak kad čitam komentare o mom sinu"". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Naš Andrej je lep ko lutka!" [Our Andrej Is Beautiful Like a Doll!]. Alo! (in Croatian). 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Andrej Pejic Vogue: Androgynous Model Appears Nude In Vogue Brazil". Fashion and Styler. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Andrej Pejic". Vogue. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Overington, Caroline (25 March 2013). "Raising my androgynous son Andrej Pejic". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Williamson, Charlotte (20 February 2011). "Andrej Pejic: Who's that boy?". Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Exclusive interview: Andrej Pejic". YouTube. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Barnes & Noble, Borders Censor Bare-Chested Male Model | Pejic". 17 May 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Sauers, Jenna (16 May 2011). "Barnes & Noble Censors Cover Featuring Androgynous Male Model". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Androgynous Model Andrej Pejic Walks the Ramp for Jean Paul Gaultier". International Business Times. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Male model Andrej Pejic Shines As Best 'Bride' at Barcelona Bridal Week". Hello!. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Andrej Pejic – Model Profile – Photos & latest news". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011 | Girls". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Andrej Pejic Is Not A Person | Lela London – Style Guide and Fashion Blog". 15 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "FHM: Andrej Pejic Apology". FHM. 30 May 2011. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Androgynous model Andrej Pejic appears on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model". Yahoo. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Stars (Are Out Tonight) VIDEO EXCLUSIVE". Facebook. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  22. ^ Whitelocks, Sadie (15 October 2013). "From modeling womenswear to playing a medieval prince: Male supermodel Andrej Pejic makes acting debut in first TV role". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  23. ^ Zuckerman, Blaine (24 July 2014). "Andrej Pejic Now Andreja After Sex Reassignment Surgery – Health, Plastic Surgery". Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Andrej(A) - The Kickstarter Backed Documentary". Kickstarter. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  25. ^ "Vogue Profiles First-Ever Transgender Model Andreja Pejic". Retrieved 2015-04-22. 

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