Supermodel Andreja Pejic to release documentary on gender transition

Model is to release a documentary film on her journey from man to woman.

Emma Akbareian
Wednesday 15 July 2015 16:17

Caitlyn Jenner might be dominating all the headlines when it comes to transgender awareness but supermodel Andreja Pejic who has been trailblazing the way through the fashion industry for many years, is set to reveal her own journey in a new documentary.

Pejic, 23 who was formally known as Andrej, underwent gender reassignment surgery in January 2014, the new documentary is set to reveal all aspects of her journey.

"A lot of young people grow up confused and feeling like outsiders, different from their family and everyone around them. It’s a lonely life and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like to feel a little less lonely. That’s why I decided to do a documentary.” Pejic told Dazed & Confused magazine.

The move comes following the high profile gender announcement from Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner who is now known as Caitlyn Jenner and is filming her own series documenting her transition.

On the subject of Jenner, Pejic says:

"A lot of people went into it thinking, ‘Oh, it’s a publicity stunt. But I feel like he won a lot of people over because it was pretty genuine and heartwarming and you could relate to his pain. The struggle was real and the pain was real."

Pejic who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina before moving to Melbourne, began her modelling career at 16 and quickly gained international recognition for her androgynous looks.

She walked in both men's and women's shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier as well as men's shows for Rick Owens and Thom Browne.

Pejic made her return to the modelling scene earlier this year following gender reassignment surgery, when she appeared on the catwalk during London Fashion Week for Giles' autumn/winter 2015 show.

She also made history earlier this year when in April she became the first transgender model to appear in American Vogue. She also landed a beauty campaign with Make Up For Ever.

Pejic is hoping to finish her documentary in time for the Sundance Film Festival early next year.

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