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Transgender Model Andreja Pejic Is Make Up Forever's New Face

April 22, 2015 2 min read

The world has watched Andreja Pejic's transformation. She was first cast as a male model, then an androgynous model and now as a woman. It has played out before our eyes. Now, she becomes the face of Make Up Forever making her one of first transgender models to land a major beauty campaign.

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 In her interview in the May issue of Vogueshe speaks about gender fluidity and transgender identity in society:

There are just more categories now. It’s good. We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated. There was definitely a lot of ‘Oh, you’re going to lose what’s special about you [if you transition instead of working as androgynous]. You’re not going to be interesting anymore. There are loads of pretty girls out there.

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Gene Kogan, codirector of the men’s division at DNA Model Management, which represented Pejic until recently, told Vogue about the sense of perspective that Pejic has brought to the industry:

She has done what no other model has ever been able to: toe the line between male and female successfully for a long time. Andreja had an extraordinary career as a male model, often modeling female clothes; she pulled it off. It opened a lot of eyes and made people see things from a new perspective. We’re going to see her influence for years to come.

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Pejic's experiences in fashion are different that what most trans people face. 90 percent of trans individuals said they have faced discrimination at work while 20 percent report being denied a place to live. The saddest stat of all, 41 percent have attempted suicide. It breaks my heart that we live in a society that does not allow all people the space to be who they are. I hope the appointment of Pejic to this campaign will be away to promote acceptance. A way to start accepting beauty for what it is instead of boxing it up and adding labels. 

h/t: YouBeauty


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