Andrej Pejic is one interesting dude. Or lady. Depending on how he’s feeling. Here, highlights from the gorgeous (and surprisingly funny!) model-of-the-moment’s interview with New York mag.
Carine Roitfeld gave him his start:
In Europe’s fashion world, where the masculine ideal is a good deal less masculine, Pejic found some work, but he didn’t become one of the industry’s coveted items—the modeling world’s version of the Birkin or the Spy Bag or the Muse—until Carine Roitfeld, then editor-in-chief of French Vogue, decided to dress him as a woman for an editorial shoot. “Carine Roitfeld was just like, ‘Put him in Fendi!’ ” Pejic explains
He’s not that into labels:
“I guess professionally I’ve left my gender open to artistic interpretation,” he says…
By now, Pejic has fully embraced a look of gender-bending, rocker couture: ripped jeans and cut-up T-shirts and shorts that would seem to leave nothing to the imagination except that, in his case, they obviously do. “It’s not like, ‘Okay, today I want to look like a man, or today I want to look like a woman,’ ” he says. “I want to look like me. It just so happens that some of the things I like are feminine.”
Before making it as a model, Pejic had some humble beginnings (he’s joking, we think, but still):
“I was cleaning toilets in a strip club,” Pejic replies, not missing a beat
He once tried to fake a pregnancy as a joke:
Having told his agents to alert the press to “a surprise,” he’d arrived at the airport with a foam-filled baby bump, only to be apprehended at customs by officers who thought he might be smuggling drugs in his belly.
His mom is his biggest fan:
When Jadranka [Pejic's mother] saw images of her son as the Gaultier bride, she told the Australian program Sunday Night, “He’s the most beautiful girl I’ll ever see in a wedding dress.”
He sounds like a good time:
“I like to party…You know, quite hard-core partying. I feel like at this age, it’s appropriate.”