'I don't have a strong gender identity'
Andrej Pejic, the male supermodel who has taken haute couture by storm, at the same time as causing harumphs of fury in the tabloids, has given his first interview to the New Yorker. Pejic has 'walked' for most of the big fashion names this year, both as a male and female model. He has been accused of increasing the pressure on girl models to be a size 0, with his (duh) boyish hips.
Andrej, speaking to the New York magazine, said that he resisted calls to define himself, 'I know people want me to sort of defend myself, to sit here and be like, I'm a boy, but I wear make-up sometimes. But, you know, to me, it doesn’t really matter. I don’t really have that sort of strong gender identity - I identify as what I am. The fact that people are using it for creative or marketing purposes, it’s just kind of like having a skill and using it to earn money.'
He continued, 'The way I need to look, it’s a very personal thing. When I started experimenting, it was to make myself feel happy, to look in the mirror and be satisfied. I never did drag or anything like that. It was always that I wanted to be pretty, to look beautiful, as a girl would want to. I guess professionally I’ve left my gender open to artistic interpretation. My whole life is controversy. What can I do? I’m like Britney Spears!'