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Andreja Pejic

AFTER BEING SCOUTED AT THE AGE OF 17, IT TOOK ANDREJA PEJIC JUST TWO YEARS TO BECOME THE FACE OF ANDROGYNOUS FASHION, MODELLING FOR THE LIKES OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AND MARC JACOBS. AT THE TENDER AGE OF 23, SHE BECAME THE FIRST TRANSGENDER MODEL TO BE PROFILED BY VOGUE

ICON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING OR LIFETI ME ACHIEVEMENT

‘ROLE MODEL’

Andreja wears dress by Ashish, shoes by Topshop

Andreja Pejic is ancient. “Honestly, 25 in this industry is so old,” she tells me, with a cheeky laugh. I sympathise. Who knew humans could even live that long? “But you know, when I think about it, in the past five years I’ve made quite a few changes in my life in a short period of time. It’s been pretty hectic!”

“NOW YOU HAVE A WHOLE GENERATION OF KIDS WHO ARE EXPLORING SEXUALITY AND GENDER. IT’S NICE TO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS CHANGE, AT LEAST STYLISTICALLY IF NOTHING ELSE”

Well, there’s an understatement. In the past five years Andreja has come out publicly as transgender, fronted an ad campaign for major cosmetic brand Make Up Forever, and appeared in a music video with Tilda Swinton for none other than the late David Bowie. Her rise as a model who could carry-off both men and women’s wear made her an icon of androgyny in the gender-conforming Noughties, but since her public transition to female two years ago, she has been finding out just how trans-friendly the fashion world is.

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About Attitude

This issue, our Attitude Awards winners take the spotlight. TV star and Man of the Year Wentworth Miller, trans model icon Andreja Pejic, comedian Alan Carr, breakthrough pop star MNEK, most stylish man winner Pietro Boselli, and gay rights activist Omar Sharif Jr. all feature on six collector’s edition covers. Plus, there are interviews with Attitude Award winners Spice Girl and honorary gay Geri, LGBT ally Beverley Knight, Active Award winners Team GB, actress Amanda Barrie and acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany.