Androgynous model makes history as Elle cover star

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic is first transgender cover star of Elle Serbia

Androgynous model makes history as Elle cover star
08 January 2013

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender Elle magazine cover star.

Pejic, who is physically male but models women’s clothes for a living, stars on the cover of the January issue of Elle Serbia.

The 21-year-old wears traditionally female clothes on his days off as well, and has said he would consider sex reassignment surgery if he got a contract as a Victoria’s Secret female underwear model.

‘Around the age of 14, I decided to experiment with my look,’ Pejic said in an interview with Daily Telegraph interview in 2011.

‘As a kid, you get to the stage where you realize the gender barriers that exist in society and what you’re supposed to do and not supposed to do. I really tried being someone else during that period. It was hard for me – not being able to express myself and feeling I had to be someone else.’

Pejic models menswear and womenswear on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as menswear for Marc Jacobs and womenswear for Vivienne Westwood.

‘I’m comfortable doing both,’ said Pejic in the Daily Telegraph interview. ‘Although womenswear is more glamorous. The clothes are more exciting. In menswear I have to work more at having a masculine presence.’

This month is the first time Pejic has starred on the cover of a magazine in his home country, Serbia, which he fled for Australia when he was eight after the NATO bombing.

In May 2011 FHM apologized to Pejic for editorial that accompanied his inclusion in the magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World. The offending text said:

‘The blonde gender-bender has jumped the gun in hoping he might one day be signed as a Victoria’s Secret Model (Pass the sick bucket). Well, he might have a hard time keeping it a secret then.’

Last July Gay Star News reported that Serbia has become a Mecca for gender reassignment surgery

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