Andreja Pejic (formerly Andrej Pejic) has gained international acclaimed in the modeling industry for her androgynous look which has enabled her to model both men’s and women’s fashions. Since 2011 Pejic has been featured in a number of ad campaigns and runway shows for notable designers like Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Now the Serbian-born beauty is gaining media attention once again after coming out as a transgender woman to People and Entertainment Tonight. The 22-year-old Pejic told both major media outlets she underwent gender reassignment surgery early this year. She states that she was inspired to come out publicly by other trans stars like Laverne Cox of "Orange Is the New Black."
Pejic is already known for being an LGBTQ activist and even has a jewelery line with Sam H Snyder were profits aid the Ali Forney Center, an organization that helps homeless LGBTQ teens. Now she hopes her story will inspire other who are struggling with their sexual identities.
“To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. 'To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right,” she told GLAAD.
Pejic told "People" that while she is very proud of how her career has broken down standard view of gender she has to what is right for her. ”I have to be true to myself and the career is just going to have to fit around that." Pejic tells People.
Fans have shown Pejic an amazing amount of support across all her social media platforms. Here is what she had to say to her supporters on her Facebook, “As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter.”
It will be interesting to see what impact Pejic’s coming out will have on the fashion industry and other transgendered people in the public eye.