ANNALS OF ANDROGYNY
GRACE JONES (66) ANDREJ PEJIC (21) ELLY JACKSON (26)
‘I’m very often referred to as “Sir” in elevators. I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman if I look like this.’ She’s not the only celebrity who is genderelusive
The attraction: With her Amazonian stature, Jamaican Grace Jones – singer and actress – was Andy Warhol’s muse. People were fascinated by her looks. Helmut Newton took nude photographs of her and Keith Haring painted her entire body for a 1985 concert.
She says: ‘I do change roles in life, I live that way. I go feminine, I go masculine. I am both, actually. I think the male side is a bit stronger in me and I have to tone it down sometimes. I’m not like a normal woman, that’s for sure.’
The attraction: ‘For the past decade, fashion has concentrated on the alpha male and alpha female stereotype,’ Vogue’s Harriet Quick told
The Telegraph. ‘Andrej is reflecting our times – he’s what’s out there; he’s reflecting culture.’
He says: ‘I guess professionally I’ve left my gender open to artistic interpretation. I know people want me to sort of defend myself, to sit here and be like,“I’m a boy, but I wear make-up sometimes.” But, you know, to me, it doesn’t really matter.’
The attraction: She found fame in 2010 with the hit song ‘Bulletproof’ as half of the syntho-pop British band La Roux. Her appeal lay in her tomboyish style and her trademark red hair. Designers Viktor & Rolf asked her to open their Paris show – she wore a tux and a pair of the duo’s trademark black glasses.
She says: ‘I remember people saying,“One day you’ll wear high heels.”Well no, I f***ing won’t,’ she told Paper. ‘It’s such a cliché, but it’s just who I am. It’s never going to be a different way.’