The model continues to break barriers

Breaking yet another barrier in the fashion world, Andreja Pejic became the first openly transgender model to sign with Ford. The 26-year-old, a war refugee from former Yugoslavia, was scouted in 2007 while working at a McDonald’s and gained recognition after her 2010 Paris Vogue feature styled by Carine Roitfeld, where she was dressed in women’s wear.

Pejic came out as a trans woman in late 2013, and, before then, she was known as the first completely androgynous model, making a successful career in women’s wear and men’s wear. The model spoke with Forbes about the announcement:

“Ford is the oldest modeling agency and has such an incredible heritage. On a personal level, three years ago, I was dropped by a modeling agency after I came out publicly as transgender. It feels good to go from not even knowing if I would have a future in the modeling business to joining forces with one of the biggest names in the industry, and following in the footstep of Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Alek Wek—the list goes on and on.”

We can’t wait to see what barriers Pejic continues to break through. Read her full interview on Forbes here.


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