Andreja Pejic finds it useful to Google her name whenever she needs an “ego boost”.
Born in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Australia, the androgynous model broke new ground in the fashion industry by walking in Jean Paul Gaultier’s menswear and womenswear shows in 2011.
She completed her transition to womanhood in late 2013 and has now shared how she conducts online searches of herself whenever she needs a reminder of her trailblazing achievements.
“I Google myself for an unapologetic ego boost that keeps the demons at bay, or at least subdued underneath my fury Miu Miu kitten heels. I see the GQ cover, my American Vogue feature, the Marc Jacobs runway show, David Bowie’s last music video, bless his soul,” she wrote in an article for Vogue Australia, referring to some of her most high-profile gigs. “I Google myself almost every day, not because I’m self-obsessed. Well, probably somewhat because of that. But I do it mainly because I can’t believe I’ve actually made it this far.”
Over her career, Pejic has walked runways for the likes of Prabal Gurung, DKNY and John Galliano, and also became the first openly transgender model to land a major beauty campaign in 2015 when she was tapped as the face of Make Up For Ever.
In light of her success, the blonde star explained that she no longer feels the need to “convince the world” of the authenticity of her femininity.
“In fact, I don’t even know what femininity means any more, or gender or sex. In the end, it all seems so intertwined, nuanced and fluid, like all things in nature, yet we try to make it so mechanical, categorical and divided,” the 26-year-old added. “To demand that people find their assigned narrow corridors of culture, or ethnicity, or gender, expecting people to forevermore stay in that lane, is to limit our human potential. It’s oppressive.”
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