Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs Model Comes Out As Transgender

Jul 26, 2014 at 9:17 am |
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Serbian born model, Andrej Pejic, announced on Thursday via social media that she is transgender and is now officially Andreja.

Earlier this year, Pejic, 22, underwent  sexual reassignment surgery (SRS), telling Entertainment Tonight that “transition was the only way for me to live.”

Pejic is a Bosnia war refugee who immigrated to Australia and was scouted in a McDonalds at 17 years of age, quickly becoming a designer favorite….but for menswear.

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On Facebook she reveals how this life-saving process has started a new chapter in her life:

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

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Pejic’s androgynous look has been the key to her success, walking the runway for both menswear and womenswear in 2011 for Jean Paul-Gaultier during Paris Fashion Week. She was also the face of Marc Jacobs and has appeared in numerous campaigns including French and Italian Vogue.

Watch her inspiring interview with Entertainment Tonight below:

Serbian born model, Andrej Pejic, announced on Thursday via social media that she is transgender and is now officially Andreja.