Transgender model Andreja Pejic talks openly about her transition and what it’s been like to date a man. In her most candid interview to date, she speaks of the long journey to becoming the woman she envisioned she was even as a child.
Leaving nothing to speculation, the 24-year-old Bosnia-born Australian, who is quickly rising the ranks of internationally famous models, gets quite personal in a new interview with London Evening Standard. For those who have curiosity over her as a transgender woman, much of that curiosity is satisfied.
She tells the publication that becoming a woman was her lifelong dream, saying, “When I was little, the idea of waking up as a girl was like a fairy tale.” She went on to say, “I had this idea that I’d meet a witch who would transform me. From the moment I found out that it was actually possible, I went to bed each night feeling that when it happens, it will be the best day of my life. And it was!”
And she’s just as open about the surgery. This distinguishes her as some transgender women, notably Caitlyn Jenner, have understandably declined to discuss past or future surgery. But Pejic has taken a different stance, and doesn’t hold back.
She told the London Evening Standard that after her surgery she felt “complete” and asked if she had nostalgia for “discarded body parts” she said, “God, no!’ and went on to say, ‘I was like: “Throw it away!”’
She also revealed that she’s now dating a man, a New York real estate agent. She said, “It’s been great. And the best part is that he sees me as just another girl he has a special connection with. It’s nice to have that connection to a world outside activism and fashion.” She acknowledged that for a straight man to date a transgender woman was akin to interracial dating in the 1969s, i.e. edgy and cool, she added, “‘But I would like to look beyond that. There’s more to me than this experience.”
As for the worldwide fame in the modeling world, she said, “I’m not a 19-year-old alien anymore, I’m a mature woman. Instead of trying to be the queen of cool, it feels like more of an achievement to work with mainstream brands and reach as many people as possible. It’s more unexpected for someone like me.”
Reflecting upon her journey, she said, “Now I’ve realized that I don’t have to be ashamed of my past.” Elaborating, she added, “I can still own my story and it doesn’t make me any less of a woman. I was born a girl, it just took me a little while to become one fully.”
You can see Andreja Pejic’s full interview, and the photos here.
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