Andreja Pejić, 25
ANDREJA PEJIĆ BEGAN as an androgynous model, describing herself as living “in between genders”. Pejić walked in both the women and men's shows for Jean Paul Gaultier in 2011, before transitioning to a woman in 2014.
While she became the first openly transgender model profiled by Vogue in May 2015, Pejić says the early period after her reassignment surgery was “one of the most challenging of my life, but now my career is better than ever”.
Last year Pejić landed a cosmetics contract with Make Up For Ever and this year returned to the Parisian and New York runways for H&M and Marc Jacobs. “People love Australian models because we keep it real,” she says.