Australian transgender model Andreja Pejic opened up about her transition and shared her thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner in a live interview. She has also drawn notice for her appearance on stage at a recent Taylor Swift concert which has put her in in the news and made her a hit on social media.
The 23-year-old Andreja Pejic has herself been a trailblazer for the transgender community as one of very few models in the world to have come out publicly in the fashion world. She is also shares some common friends with Taylor Swift including such fellow models as Gigi Hadid among others.
It was her association with Taylor Swift that was but one of the topics she spoke about in her live interview with Sonia Kruger and Richard Wilkins, the hosts of Nine’s Mornings in Australia.
But she was also quite outspoken on Caitlyn Jenner whose transition from the former Bruce Jenner is chronicled in the reality TV docuseries on E! ‘I am Cait.’
While the world’s attention is now on Caitlyn Jenner, Pejic herself has been a transgender pioneer for the past few years. After her early beginning in modeling an androgynous male walking the catwalk for both men’s and women’s fashion lines, she made the transition and had gender reassignment surgery in 20140 and now is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a documentary on her journey.
Drawing a contrast between herself and Jenner, she said, “Mine and Caitlyn’s stories are quite different. But we do share the fact that we both did this publicly.”
Andreja Pejic went on to say, “‘My biggest concern was how it would be perceived – people can liken it to trivial things, like you’re doing it for your career.”
She continued, speaking openly of her transition, and added, “To me that’s just crazy – to go through all of this, the psychological rehabilitation, getting the surgery. It’s been an interesting experience, and a very positive one.”
Reflecting, she continued, and said, “It’s not an easy process. It’s not a fairytale. It doesn’t solve every problem. It’s one part of your body and your identity. It can be a very beautiful thing to do, because you can then live the way you feel after being suppressed for so long.”
As for being on stage with Taylor Swift in the concert in Chicago, Andreja Pejic said, “‘It was definitely one of the most unique things Ive ever done. I felt like a pop star for a few minutes.” She was one of many who have had the honor as Swift continues to surprise and delight live audiences and social media and YouTube with these unexpected cameos during her ‘1989’ world tour.
You can see the full replay video of the interview with Andreja Pejic speaking her own journey, Caitlyn Jenner, Taylor Swift and more below!
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