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If you don’t know who Andreja Pejic is, let me offer you a quick and v important refresher course. Andreja, formerly Andrej, publicly announced her sexual reassignment surgery two years ago at the age of 23. Just over a year later, she made waves when she became the first transgender model to grace the pages of Vogue in her very own model profile. In all of that time, though, she never had a cover to call her own. Well, thanks to Marie Claire Spain, that’s all about to change.
Pejic covers the March 2016 issue of Marie Claire Spain, and even if you can’t read the headline of the cover story, you can see just how stunning the shot is:
(Photo: Pablo Zamora/Marie Claire Spain)
I mean, come on now. We can only wish to look so regal. And those EYEBROWS.
This isn’t Pejic’s first cover experience. Fashionista reports that, prior to her transition, covered some of the fashion industry’s “edgiest and forward-thinking titles,” such as i-D, L’Officiel (which just gave Lottie Moss her very first high-fashion cover), and New York Magazine’s 2011 fall fashion issue. So while this may not be Pejic’s first time in the magazine cover spotlight overall, it’s the first time she’s covered a prominent publication as herself, which is a feat both personally, I’m sure, and publicly, as it represents a shift in the fashion world. We may still have a long way to go, but the boundaries holding members of the LGBT community back in fashion are slowly breaking down.
Pejic is just one of the many groundbreaking trans style icons that you need to know in order to be fully versed in the ever-changing arena of fashion. Hari Nef, Geena Rocero, and Lea T are all working to revolutionize the industry where issues of gender and trans representation and acceptance are concerned, and serious strides are being made in the right direction. As far as Pejic is concerned, though, this cover is a major coup, and likely won’t be her last.