Andreja Pejic has become the first transgender model to appear in Vogue.
In a profile with the fashion and lifestyle magazine the runway strutter said, “We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated.”
Pejic was born in Bosnia just before the 1992 Bosnian War. Her family fled to a refugee camp, eventually settling in Melbourne, Australia, where she tried her hardest to fit in with the boys her age to no avail.
“Society doesn’t tell you that you can be trans,” she said. “I thought about being gay, but it didn’t fit.” Pejic went on to say that she could not accept that she was female at first. “I thought, ‘Well, maybe this is just something you like to imagine sometimes. Try to be a boy and try to be normal.'”
After being discovered, Pejic was featured in both men’s and women’s fashion shows, working for famous designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs.
Pejic is the latest transgender celebrity to make a media splash as of late. Olympic gold medalist and former reality star Bruce Jenner is set to reveal the details of his transition in an interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday.
Laverene Cox, the transgender actress who appears on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, as well as one of People’s Most Beautiful Women of 2015.
11 Transgender Stars Weigh In on Trans Images in Entertainment (Exclusive)
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD and TheWrap partner to bring you these takes on representations in TV and Film
Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."
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