Androgynous Male Model Bends Gender Rules
Australian male model Andrej Pejic covers New York Magazine's Fall fashion issue, but at first glance (if you ignore the masculine chest) you may think it's a beautiful female model on the cover, and rightly so. Andrej has taken androgynous modeling to a whole new level, as he walks runways as both men and women interchangeably and is mistaken for a woman on a daily basis thanks to his extremely feminine features, affinity for women's clothing, and long, blond locks. But Andrej has a very unique view of gender that doesn't fall under the comfortable categories we're used to like transgender, drag queen, or cross-dresser. Andrej explains his "situation" (as he calls it) in his interview with the magazine; here are some of his thoughtful points on expanding our perception of male vs. female:
- "When I started experimenting, it was to make myself feel happy, to look in the mirror and be satisfied. I never did drag or anything like that. It was always that I wanted to be pretty, to look beautiful, as a girl would want to."
- "It's not like, 'Okay, today I want to look like a man, or today I want to look like a woman.' I want to look like me. It just so happens that some of the things I like are feminine."
- "I know people want me to sort of defend myself, to sit here and be like, 'I'm a boy, but I wear makeup sometimes.' But, you know, to me, it doesn't really matter. I don't really have that sort of strong gender identity—I identify as what I am."
- "You know, I wouldn’t say that I'm really a sexual person. But I do appreciate love, and I would love to experience it someday. I don't think I have yet."
- "Obviously, as a kid you'd think about it—What would life be like if I was born a girl? and stuff. But at this point, I'm happy with the situation as it is."
Check out more images of Andrej now, including his controversial "topless" magazine covers. And tell us, what do you think of his perspective on gender? Do you agree?