There's nothing "cooler" in 2017 than being your authentic self. And that makes Andreja Pejic — one of the first openly transgender and, in my opinion, most successful models — the queen bee.
The Bosnian beauty made a name for herself walking in runways for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs, all the while inspiring people for being a transgender model to "make it." In 2013, she completed her male-to-female transition, and last year, she confirmed she's a force when she scored a beauty deal with Make Up For Ever. She returned for a second campaign with Make Up For Ever Art Collection, featuring edgy saturated lip ink for bold beauties.
When given the opportunity to chat with Andreja via phone about this opportunity to reach the masses, she admitted that being a "role model" does not mean she is "perfect." She said: "I don't do everything by the books. But I am here and I am telling my story. I'm trying to affect some sort of change. You're given this platform and this exposure, and you have this influence on people."
Keep reading for more inspiring (and real!) words from Andreja as well as her beauty tips. We had to know how she plays up those gorgeous cheekbones . . .