The illusions of fashion modeling

The illusions of fashion modelingModel Andrej Pejic wears a wedding dress from Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection.


An edited article from The Telegraph:

Tall and impossibly skinny, with impeccably arched eyebrows and cheekbones sharp as diamonds: on first impression, fashion’s latest darling looks no different to any of the other freaks of nature gliding through the offices of Storm model agency.

In an industry obsessed with the new, fashion has certainly found it with Andrej Pejic.

"Andrej is the perfect coat-hanger," says Clare Coulson, fashion features director of Harper’s Bazaar. "Clothes look best on someone who is tall and skinny, on a long and lean silhouette."

The illusions of fashion modelingHarriet Quick, Vogue fashion features director: "Andrej is incredibly beautiful with a very striking face – sharp angles and planes that look good on camera…"

Says Pejic:  "Mum’s very proud. She finds every picture of me and has them on every wall. And my friends – well, since being a teenager, I’ve always been experimental. So they aren’t surprised… they’re all supportive."

"But at this point nobody knows where this modelling is going. I usually have a plan in life – but this wasn’t planned. When I went to the agency, I was like, modelling’s better than a part-time job at McDonald’s. I thought I’d give it a shot. But it’s still going well so we’ll see. I would love to do Playboy with [the photographer] Terry Richardson. I love Playboy and Terry would be the person to do it."

The illusions of fashion modelingAndrej Pejic

Pejic’s androgenous look is entirely his own creation – today, for instance, he’s wearing a light grey micro-mini dress, thick black tights and biker boots. "Around the age of 14, I decided to experiment with my look," he explains. "As a kid, you get to the stage where you realise the gender barriers that exist in society and what you’re supposed to do and not supposed to do. I really tried being someone else during that period. It was hard for me – not being able to express myself and feeling I had to be someone else."

– Fashion blurs gender boundaries, The Telegraph>>
– Andrej Pejic: Who’s that boy? Telegraph>>
– Male model Andrej Pejic wears wedding dress in Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture show at Paris Fashion Week, News.com.au>>

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