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Model Andreja Pejic comes out publicly as a transgender woman, shares her experience with media and Facebook fans

By Dani Heffernan, Media Strategist at GLAAD |

July 24, 2014

Fashion model Andreja Pejic tonight shared her life and experience as a transgender woman exclusively with Entertainment Tonight, and The acclaimed model who has appeared on covers of Elle and French Vogue, announced that she will only be modeling women’s fashion going forward and that her agency supports her transition. She also told the press that she is supported by her family in Australia and friends around the world.

Andreja drafted a message for her Facebook fans and Instagram followers. She will now be tweeting from @andrejapejic.

GLAAD worked with Pejic and her team this week as she prepared to tell her story.

She told GLAAD:  
"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 also posted a selfie on Facebook with a message to her fans:
"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.”

Pejic has received international attention modeling men’s and women’s collections on runways and in ad campaigns. She began modeling in 2007, and since then has been named to the Out 100 and received a NewNowNext award for style. She has been on the covers of Elle, New York, and many more, and walked the biggest international runways. In 2013, she co-starred in David Bowie’s music video, “The Stars are Out Tonight,” alongside Tilda Swinton.

Pejic is one among many trans models finding growing acceptance as visibility of trans people in the media increases. In 2008, Isis King made headlines as the first trans woman model to compete on America’s Next Top Model. In 2010, model Lea T came out to the world as transgender in French Vogue. In January of this year, a Barney’s New York ad campaign featured all trans and gender non-conforming models. Earlier this year, supermodel Naomi Campbell spoke out at the GLAAD Media Awards in support of Carmen Carrera and other trans models.

As blogger and advocate Monica Roberts has pointed out, the way was paved by trans models like Caroline Cossey, Tracy Africa Norman, and Roberta Close in previous decades, and now models like Ines Rau, Arisce Wanzer, Valentijn De Hingh, Geena Rocero, and many more are a growing presence in the fashion world.

Show your support for Andreja by commenting on her Facebook, Instagram or tweeting @andrejapejic


"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the love and support throughout the years. You’ve all helped me through this journey and I have learned a lot and really come into my own and the response to today’s announcement truly overwhelmed me and reminds me of why I chose to do this publicly.

I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex I hope you can all understand that.

I would also like to to reach out to all young gender non-conforming youth out there: I know it’s hard, I’ve been there, but remember it’s your right to be accepted as what you identify with—-you deserve the same respect as any other human being on this planet. 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 without having to alienate their past. Most importantly differences should not equal divisions, let’s all stand together in union. ‪#‎betruebeyou‬”

From her Facebook.

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