Sunday 22 April 2018

Andrej Pejic: My success astounds me

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 sometimes has to hit himself on the head with his "diamond-encrusted vase" as he can’t believe how his life has changed.

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. This has made him of special interest among the fashion press, especially as when he first burst onto the scene many were unsure of his gender.

Andrej is still getting used to his newfound fame and can’t believe the direction his life has taken.

“Well I think the media storm is very surprising since models don’t really get so much attention these days. So I guess it has gone beyond just the fashion industry or any model ranking, which is nice because it’s offering me a wide array of opportunities,” he told StyleCaster. “But sometimes I do just have to stop and hit myself in the head with my diamond-encrusted vase.”

The model admits his job makes everyday life dull, and he has vowed to only wear couture when he has enough money to do so.

Andrej’s looks have seen him likened to fellow model Lea T as the faces of a supposed new androgynous movement. Lea was born Leandro and is a transsexual, so Andrej doesn’t understand why they are often lumped together.

“Well I don’t think my situation and Lea T's are completely different when it comes to our personal lives but that’s personal, for me at least. And I really think people should stop trying to categorise me because of their need for labels,” he said. “When it comes to our professional lives, well she only does womenswear and I think I cover more fields. Some people in the industry will use us in a very similar way to represent similar ideas and some will want me to be a bit different from her – more androgynous, more boyish or even sex-less rather than womanly. I think professionally I am capable of being very versatile.”

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