Andrej Pejić (born 28 August 1991 in Tuzla, SR Bosnia-Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is an Australian androgynous model of Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serb ethnicity.
Pejić was born in Tuzla and has one older brother, Igor. Pejić's mother, Jadranka Savić, is a Bosnian Serb, and Pejić's father, Vlado Pejić, is a Bosnian Croat. The couple divorced shortly after Andrej's birth. During the Bosnian War, Andrej and Igor fled to Serbia with their mother and grandmother, settling in a refugee camp near Belgrade. After the refugee camp, the family settled in Vojska village near Svilajnac.
After the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, Pejić's mother felt unsafe and decided to initiate the immigration process for Australia. In 2000, the family moved to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as political refugees when Andrej was eight years old.
While attending high school at University High, Andrej was described as being 'academically brilliant.'
According to Vangardist Magazine, Pejić was in a relationship with ADEEN designer Rembrandt Duran, who explicitly refers to Andrej as 'she', but they broke up. It is widely believed that Andrej had previously dated Swedish model and fellow androgynous personality, Erika Linder.
It has been reported that Pejić was scouted as a model just before turning 17 while working at McDonald's, but they have also referenced being scouted at a swimming pool whilst still in high school in Melbourne.
Andrej Pejić (born August 28, 1991) has become a favorite of the LGBT community, alongside models like Lea T. Pejic told New York Magazine that, “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.” According to Vangardist Magazine, Pejić was in in a relationship with ADEEN designer Rembrandt Duran, but they broke up.
Pejić is notable for modelling both male and female clothing. In the Paris fashion shows of January 2011, Pejić walked both the men's and women's shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier and the men's shows for Marc Jacobs. In May 2011, Pejić's magazine cover for the New York-based magazine Dossier Journal—in which Pejić is pictured taking off a white shirt with long blond locks in curlers—was ruled too risqué by US bookstores Barnes & Noble and Borders, which covered the image with an opaque sleeve. Concerns were expressed that customers would mistake Pejić for a topless woman.
At the Stylenite in July 2011, Andrej Pejić appeared on the catwalk both in male and female clothes from Michalsky.
As of September 2011, Pejić ranks no. 18 on the models.com Top 50 Male Models list, and was ranked no. 98 in FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011— an award that was criticized for its hostile tone to transgender individuals; the magazine referred to Pejić as a 'thing,' commenting, 'Pass the sick bucket'. FHM subsequently removed the copy accompanying Pejić's entry and posted an apology.
On 6 August 2012, Pejić appeared as a guest judge on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.
In 2013, Pejić appeared alongside Iselin Steiro, Saskia de Brauw, Tilda Swinton and David Bowie in the video for Bowie's 2013 single The Stars (Are Out Tonight).
Gender Stories: Negotiating Identity in a Binary World by Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico and Karen A. Foss
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc; 1 edition (June 15, 2012)
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Essential for anyone who seeks to understand the contemporary gender landscape, Gender Stories defines gender as the socially constructed meanings that are assigned to bodies. The book helps readers navigate issues of gender by introducing them to the ubiquitous gender binary, the problems with much of the research on gender differences, and the variety of gender stories in popular culture.
At the heart of the book is a description of the process of becoming a gendered person through crafting and performing gender stories. Because each gender performance is unique, a virtually unlimited number of genders exists not just two, as the gender binary would have us believe. The same multiplicity that characterizes the gender landscape characterizes the individual, who typically changes gender multiple times a day and across the lifespan. In Gender Stories, personal gender performances are framed within a philosophy of choice. Readers are encouraged to become more conscious of the choices they have in constructing their gender identities and to allow others the same choice by respecting their gender performances. Readers will easily find a place for themselves in the book, regardless of their views on gender, because one perspective on gender is not presented as the right one. Gender Stories affirms and legitimizes diverse perspectives as providing more comprehensive knowledge about gender for everyone. Not-for-sale instructor resource material available to college and university faculty only; contact publisher directly.
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