News 03 Jan 13

Gender-Bending Catwalk Star Graces Serbian ELLE

Andrej Pejic, the new 'it' face of the fashion world of gender ambiguity, is a star of January's edition of Serbian 'Elle' magazine.

Telegraph, NY Daily News
Belgrade

Serbia may have a reputation as one of the world's more sexually intolerant societies - but that hasn't stopped one of the country's top fashion magazines from putting gender-bending model Andrej Pejic on its front cover this January.

The magazine shows the 21-year-old model dressed both in male and female designs, all by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.

His feminine side shines in black lace lingerie and suspenders while his masculine persona models dark suits. 

Pejic was born in Tuzla, northern Bosnia, in 1991. Because of the war then raging in former Yugoslavia, his family fled to Serbia, settling in a refugee camp near Belgrade. They emigrated to Australia in 2000 when Andrej was eight.

Discovered in his late teens and noted for his androgynous looks, Andrej became a muse to Gaultier. Besides ELLE, his pictures have been published in French Vogue, Dossier Journal and other fashion magazines.

Pejic's "otherworldly beauty", as Gaultier has called it, has led to him being ranked in 18th place on models.com's Top 50 Male Models list.

He was listed in 98th place on FHM's "Sexiest Women in the World 2011" until the magazine removed the copy accompanying Pejic's entry and posted an apology.

According to a statement that Andrej recently gave, his gender is open to artistic interpretation.

"I don’t really have that sort of strong gender identity. I identify as what I am.

"The fact that people are using it for creative or marketing purposes, it’s just kind of like having a skill and using it to earn money,” he added.

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