Vogue has its first ever transgender model Andreja Pejic who will be on the cover of the May issue.
The May issue takes a broader look into ‘Trans America’ and talks about the new “frontier in gender politics,“ one that embraces models and people of all identities.
Pejic in particular shot to fame in recent years, modeling as both a man and a woman before undergoing gender confirmation surgery last year. The 23-year old was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Australia, is no stranger to the fashion world, having first made waves in a 2010 spread for Paris Vogue and on the runway for Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, wearing women’s clothes.
While the world of high fashion may generally have embraced Pejic, her road has not been without setbacks. Dressing as a woman was one thing, becoming one another. “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. There are loads of pretty girls out there.”
Though she questioned transitioning so publicly, ultimately she knew it was her only choice. “Being known to the whole world with this transition, I thought, Who is ever going to love me? How am I going to have a relationship with a man if all of this is public?…Then I got to a place where I was like, ‘I’m successful and happy with what I’ve achieved. There’s nothing I should be ashamed of. You can take it or leave it.’”
On an Instagram post she wrote the following:
“If at the beginning of my career in the modelling 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.’ 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 be 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!