5 Reasons We Should Celebrate Andreja Pejic
If you were paying attention in 2011, you might remember Andreja Pejic as the androgynous model who took the fashion world by storm. Supported by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, Pejic found fame by championing a career that didn’t require her to conform to normal gender norms. Now the 22-year-old is embarking on a new chapter: living – and working – as a woman after sexual reassignment surgery (SRS).
We’ve put together a list of 5 reasons you should celebrate the supermodel.
+ She Stayed True to Herself at Risk of Losing Her Career
Although Pejic was proud of her gender nonconforming career, her “biggest dream was to be comfortable in” her body. She knew that transitioning might be setbacks in her career, but she decided that she had to be true to herself; her career is “just going to have to fit around that.”
+ She’s Opening Up Because She Has a “Social Responsibility”
Pejic didn’t have to come out about her transition, but she chose to do so – and on such a public scale – because she has a “social responsibility” to do so. In fact, she hopes that “by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”
+ She Wants to Give Others Hope
In a Facebook post, Pejic calls her transition a “life-saving process.” For others considering a similar transition, the model wrote that she hopes to show that “one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past.”
+ She’s Joining a High-Profile Group of Women + Changing an Industry
The fashion world is often lacking in diversity, so have someone like Pejic accepted by the industry is a huge win for the LGBTQ community. Like Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, Pejic is using her platform to promote activism on behalf of the trans community.
+ She’s Setting the Record About SRS Straight
When asked about her surgery, Pejic was quick to dispute the misconception that “you go to a surgeon and say, ‘Oh, I want to be a woman.’” As she explains, there are psychiatric evaluations involved, and patients undergo “strict testing” before being allowed to have the procedure.