Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Who's that... Girl?

Okay, so many of you will be wondering; what's so special about this model?...

The model in question is Andrej Pejic. Andrej is 19, was born in Bosnia but raised in my very own city - Melbourne, was the model in the new Marc by Marc Jacobs ad, and is the fresh, new face of Jean-Paul Gaultier's Spring Ad campaign. 

No doubt this model is gorgeous. But like I said earlier, what's the big deal? You're probably thinking: "So what, we get it, she's pretty!"
Well, Stop. Right. There.

'She' is not a she at all. This gorgeous, glamorous, blonde beauty, called Andrej Pejic... is in fact a MAN!!!

Andrej has taken cross-dressing to a whole new level - this is no Rocky-Horror Picture Show. According to the media, designers, and many others, THIS is High Fashion.

But what message is the Fashion World trying to send by having a male model pose as a woman?

Should we be offended? Many female models are already pushing themselves to the limit to obtain the skinny, 'boy-like' bodies that are demanded of them in the cut-throat modelling industry. By sending a boy dressed as a girl down the runway, is this just saying that women will never be good enough? Andrej has the face of a girl, but the tall, un-curvy figure of a boy; the perfect combination for many designers.  So where does that leave the female models, who as hard as they try, will never be able to achieve this?…

Or is this a good thing? A sign of how the world is moving forward and into the future. Where social 'norms' and stereotypes are being discarded, to make way for the acceptance of those who are a little bit different…

Finally, it was a big milestone when women began to dress like men (wearing a feminised version of the suit), however it has never been normal for this situation to be reversed. Will Andrej mark the start of clothing not being targeted to just one gender?...

Or is this just a big publicity stunt? There are so many ways you could interpret this very different portrayal of fashion. So maybe its better to stop analysing it, and accept it for what it is. Who knows.

These are just a few of my thoughts,  I'm personally quite fascinated by Andrej and have to keep reminding myself that he's not actually a girl! I'll be very interested to see where his career goes.

I'd love to know what you all  think (so make sure to leave a comment!) because I'm sure everyone will have their own opinion on this and on fashions newest star; Andrej!

xox Alyce



Dot said...

Stunning as a 'female' but not so stunning as a male.

Piia said...

I can´t believe she is a HE.. I just see a overly-skinny model with a gorgeous face. It´s weard and makes me think..

You had some very interesting points about the matter. For instance about the braking social norms but also about female models trying to get the ultimate skinny figure, the boy-like body. Can´t really say is this good or bad. All I know, it will be noticed and discussed!


Subversive Lulú said...

For me is more like he can, he is gonna. If he is capable to do such amazing work and get booked I think is great. Great because we all have the same rights.
Great post!

Maddalena said...


Juillet Clair said...

Lovely blog!

m i s s . t e a said...

MILLION dollar question: Is he actually gay?? I can't seem to find the answer on google! He looks a million bucks with curly hair tho hahaha :D

misstea & co.

Juillet Clair said...

Hi :D
thanks for the lovely comments!
well, for the flowery and b/w outfit i come with the pattern myself ,while for the layer and rainbow outfit i buy the garment first then adjust it to my own design ^^

oh,yes,you should learn it first :D
But using sewing machine is not hard!
what is hard is to figure out the pattern :)

Sarah CHIC NEVERLAND said...

yes she's really AMAZING, these pics are a great inspiration!

A La Mode said...

Andrej is so perfect!

Julia said...

wow never would have guessed!

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