Tuesday 26 September 2017

Andrei Pejic: "To be treated as a muse by someone like Jean Paul Gaultier is extremely flattering"

Andrej Pejic on the cover of New York
Andrej Pejic on the cover of New York
Readers of FHM voted Andrej Pejic in to their list of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World.
Andrej Pejic as the bride in Jean Paul Gaultier's spring/summer 2011 haute couture show. Photo: Getty Images
PARIS - JANUARY 20: A model walks the runway at the Jean Paul Gaultier menswear fashion show during Paris Fashion Menswear Week on January 20, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images)

Andrei Pejic says being Jean Paul Gaultier’s muse is "extremely flattering".

The male model wore both menswear and womenswear at the French designer’s couture show earlier this year.

The 20-year-old is eager to work with many more big names in fashion.

"To be treated as a muse by someone like Jean Paul Gaultier is extremely flattering," he told Vogue.co.uk. "I've learned a huge amount about the industry working for people like him, as well as Marc Jacobs, Juergen Teller and others; I'm very fortunate. I'd love to work with Terry Richardson - that would be cool; Mario Sorrenti; and Testino, of course. I love to work with people who are great at what they do."

With his high cheekbones, slender frame and delicate features, Pejic is easily mistaken for a women. Although he is not transgender, Pejic is comfortable about dressing in women's clothes if the shoot or show demands it.

This has led to several comparisons with Brazilian transsexual model Lea T and the pair have been lumped together in the gender trend that is sweeping the fashion industry.

"There are similarities between myself and Lea T, and we're placed in the same category, but our look is very different," he explained. "Lea has been extremely brave in being very honest about her journey - but I don't really see myself as being here to challenge transgender stereotypes. I'm just myself. It's taken a while to be taken seriously, but I hope to prove that I'm very versatile and that I'll still be here after the phenomenon has passed."

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