Trans model Andreja Pejic made a triumphant statement on the runway this week
We’ve spoken of our love for model Andreja Pejic on Hello Giggles before. And this past week, she reminded us all how much of a trailblazer in the fashion industry she really is, when she made her runway debut after gender reassignment surgery.
But first, a little backstory: The Australian model went by Andrej and was listed as an “androgynous male model,” a model who made a career out of challenging the traditional notions of gender identity. In 2011, Pejic walked both the men’s and women’s shows for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Pejic spent the next few years wearing both suits and bridal wear on the runway. Then, in the summer of 2014, Pejic came out with the statement that she identified as a woman. At that point, Pejic explained to People that coming out, for her, was an act of duty: “I want to share my story with the world because I think I have a social responsibility,” she said. “I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”
That said, it wasn’t just social responsibility that prompted Pejic to be open about her womanhood. This was as much for her as it was for the world. “I was proud of my gender-nonconforming career,” she also told People. “But my biggest dream was to be comfortable in my own body. I have to be true to myself and the career is just going to have to fit around that.”
We’ve been following Andreja on Instagram forever and were just thrilled when she started posting pictures of herself from London Fashion Week.
Last year Pejic had gender reassignment surgery and this week she made her triumphant return to the runway this week in a show for UK line Giles. She rocked an amaze look, commenting on Instagram:
“It feels amazing to be making my runway debut for one of my favourite British designers #Giles Thank you to @kegrand and @guineapiggiles #thereturn #LFW”
After this stint at London Fashion Week, Andreja is expected to walk Milan Fashion Week, but honestly, we’d follow her to Moon Fashion Week, Mars Fashion Week, Galaxy Far, Far, Away Fashion Week, we’re just that obsessed with this young woman who has carved out a place for herself in fashion, forced the industry to rethink its notions about gender, and overall is just kicking butt, taking names, and living life on her own terms.