Trans model Andreja Pejic on dating: I don’t have to worry about coming out

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Trans model Andreja Pejic has reflected on coming out as trans, saying she is glad she did as she doesn’t have to tell everyone she dates.

The model said she now feels like “a mature woman” and “not a 19-year-old alien any more”.

She spoke in an interview with the ES Magazine to talk about undergoing gender reassignment surgery.


Now 24, Pejic was the first out trans model to be profiled by Vogue magazine in the US.

She said: “I never imagined I’d be so public about it. Perhaps if I was in a different profession, I wouldn’t have worn ‘trans’ on my forehead. But there’s a difference between not wanting to make a big deal of something and fearing the effect it will have on my life. It’s all out there now.

“If I go on a date, I don’t have to worry about that moment when he finds out.”

She added: “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.”

Of whether she has any regrets, she continues: “God, no. I was like: ‘Throw it away.’”

She continued: “I’d planned on a pussy shower but actually the time afterwards wasn’t easy as I had to work out what to do with my career.”

Pejić, who began modelling in 2007, came out as trans in July 2014.

The model been famed for her androgynous appearance in the past, and last year co-starred in a David Bowie music video alongside Tilda Swinton.

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