Meet Andrej Pejic, Fashion's Gender-Bending Star

Rising star is new face of Marc Jacobs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2011 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Andrej Pejic is a cross between Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss, with one difference: He’s a man. The 19-year-old is the new face of Marc Jacobs—and a symbol of the changing face of fashion, in which gender-bending “femiman” models are rising to prominence. Pejic, who grew up in Serbia and Australia, was discovered last year and debuted this year in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Paris show. He’s since exploded in popularity, appearing in spreads in the French, Italian, and Turkish editions of Vogue.

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Pejic says classmates were curious about him while growing up, but he was never bullied—although “a lot of macho guys did think of me as a girl,” he tells the Daily Beast, which meant “a lot of free drinks.” He models both male and female clothes, and even when dressing himself he sometimes chooses heels or makeup—but he won’t discuss his sexuality. His new-found fame is a sign that “the line between the sexes is becoming more and more blurred,” says Turkish Vogue’s editor. “Fashion is all about providing people with choices. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman.” Click for more photos of Andrej Pejic.
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