Andreja Pejic: Making a change with Make Up For Ever
Andreja Pejic hopes her Make Up For Ever campaign represents real change in society.
The model was born a boy and became known for walking in male and female fashion shows, before transitioning to become a woman last year.
She’s been open about all areas of her life, which is why landing a role as the face of cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever means so much to her.
“I’m incredibly honoured to be the first openly transgender female model to land a cosmetics contract, and I commend Make Up For Ever for taking this historical step with me,” Andreja told fashionmagazine.com.
“[The campaign] is really pushing social boundaries in a positive way. Not only does this campaign represent a social change, but it is also helping millions of kids around the world who are struggling with gender, sexuality, or insecurities of feeling different and out of place.”
As well as being proud on behalf of the transgender community, this is personal for Andreja. That’s because no matter what their background, nothing comes bigger than landing this kind of work for models.
“In the modelling industry, landing a make-up campaign contract is the equivalent of winning an Oscar in the film industry,” she explained.
Andreja answered a quick-fire round of questions too, revealing that her style heroes include Michelle Pfeiffer and Sophia Loren, and sweating (whether via exercise or in a sauna), is her top tip for coping with a hangover.
She also loves Rita Ora’s red carpet style and her signature perfume is Thierry Mugler’s Womanity.
Last night Andreja became one of the latest stars to join Taylor Swift on stage during her 1989 Tour. The singer has become known for bringing her friends out with her, and this time chose Andreja and Lily Donaldson to strut their stuff in Chicago.
“THANK YOU babes for letting me experience what it's like to be a pop star for like a second! @taylorswift,” Andreja captioned an Instagram video of herself on stage.