The model said transgender issues had become a “trendy topic” with the prominence of people such as herself and Caitlyn Jenner, but doubted youngsters would take such “drastic” action as transitioning “just to be on-trend.” Asked if she had any regrets, Pejic said: “God, no.
people in her life as she was deciding to undergo gender confirmation surgery. There's a lot more to being a woman, so reducing them to that is quite disgusting." Pejic, who used to model in both male and female clothing as Andrej Pejic, had the surgery last year and made her runway debut back in February. "When the issue came up in conversations with my previous agent it was clear to me that, from a professional perspective, it would be better for me if I didn't transition.Transgender model Andreja Pejic says she has finally found love and is enjoying being “a mature woman” and “not a 19-year-old alien any more”.Pejic, 24, underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2014, three years after modelling both male and female collections for Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris and was the first (openly) transgender model to be profiled by American Vogue.Pejic said of her transition: “I never imagined I’d be so public about it.Perhaps if I was in a different profession, I wouldn’t have worn ‘trans’ on my forehead.In fact, the model's former lover had one of the worst reactions. You'll just be a woman who can't have kids," Andreja recalls in an interview with 1-D, referring to her ex's nasty response. She then became the first trans woman to get a spread in Vogue. It might seem strange to a lot of people, because obviously it's a very gay-friendly industry, but there is ignorance in the fashion industry and it's my mission to change that." Even though she's seen some roadblocks, Andreja is positive about the future: "I understand there's a lot of discrimination, particularly in America, but I do feel the general public can evolve.
She describes 2014 as "one of the most difficult years of my life" and admits that she didn't take as long as she would have liked to recover from genital surgery. Look at what's happened with gay marriage." Not only is her career thriving, but she also have found love again! But it's going great," she says about saying the L-word with her new beau. It was a shock at the beginning, but then you find stuff that you have in common.
"I honestly didn't know if there was going to be a future for me in the industry," she tells the mag. You get to know someone and show them your humanity - that you are funny.
But there’s a difference between not wanting to make a big deal of something and fearing the effect it will have on my life. “If I go on a date, I don’t have to worry about that moment when he finds out.” Instead of trying to be the queen of cool, it feels like more of an achievement to work with mainstream brands and reach as many people as possible.
It’s more unexpected for someone like me.” Pejic had never felt comfortable on the gay scene and is now dating a straight New York real estate agent. And the best part is that he sees me as just another girl he has a special connection with.
It’s nice to have that connection to a world outside activism and fashion.” Born Andrej Pejic in Bosnia, she moved to Melbourne, Australia, as a refugee with her mother Jadranka and younger brother Igor.
She was scouted as a model while working in Mc Donald’s aged 16, but says as a teenager she ordered illegal medication over the internet to delay puberty and originally planned to earn enough money for surgery and then give up the fashion industry.