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Andrej Pejic: Modelling can be tough

Published 03/03/2011 | 17:15

Andrej Pejic as the bride in Jean Paul Gaultier's spring/summer 2011 haute couture show. Photo: Getty Images
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)

Andrej Pejic admits female models are sometimes rude to him.

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The 19-year-old was discovered two years ago while working in a McDonalds, and has since gone on to model for many high profile designers, including Marc Jacobs.

He is notable within the fashion industry for his androgynous look, which sees him modelling both male and female items.

Andrej believes his success in the female arena means he is often the subject of criticism from other models, especially women.

“All the big [female] models are usually fine, but yeah, girls can be b***hy. We all get dressed together backstage and I think now they see me in women’s campaigns, they do feel worried. But I work hard for it and I don’t think I’m any less deserving,” he told Grazia.

With his unique look, Andrej admits he is often mistaken for a woman. He has previously revealed his first modelling agent was unsure of his gender, but says he feels most comfortable dressing in a feminine way.

“I’m equally comfortable modelling menswear and womenswear. I got taught to walk in heels by one of my agents, and then practiced in my bedroom. But wearing women’s clothes isn’t a big political statement. I don’t feel like a role model, it’s just my personal look, and often what I feel most attractive in. If we really have equality between the genders, which we like to pretend we do, it shouldn’t be a big deal,” he added.

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