The 22 year-old model, known for rocking womenswear runway shows for designers such as Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, had kept the transition a secret for months.
Pejic felt the need to be open about her recent surgery. “I want to share my story with the world because I think I have a social responsibility,” the model stated. “I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”
Pejic revealed to People that she has always identified herself as a female from an early age.
“I always dreamt of being a girl,” explains the Serbian-born model. “One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom’s skirt trying to look like a ballerina.”
After moving to Austria at age 9, Andreja found it more of a struggle to be herself.
“I wanted to be a good kid and I wanted to please my parents,” she says. Andreja even attempted to take up sports to prove herself as a boy. “I kept my dreams and my imagination to myself and became pretty good at acting as a boy. But I was hiding who I was.”
At 13 however, Pejic’s life changed after a visit at a Burrmeadow library. “I went into the library and typed ‘sex change’ into Google and my life changed,” she recalls. “The Internet gave me the sense that there were words to describe my feelings and medical terms,” says Pejic, who left realizing “this is what I need to do.”
Discovered by model agents at the age of 17, Andrej thanked her fans for all their support in a very revealing message.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the love and support throughout the years. You’ve all helped me through this journey and I have learned a lot and really come into my own and the response to today’s announcement truly overwhelmed me and reminds me of why I chose to do this publicly.”
“ I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex.
“I hope you can all understand that. I would also like to to reach out to all young gender non-conforming youth out there: I know it’s hard, I’ve been there, but remember it’s your right to be accepted as what you identify with—-you deserve the same respect as any other human being on this planet.
As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past. Most importantly differences should not equal divisions, let’s all stand together in union.#betruebeyou.”
Andreja who has overcome many obstacles reavealing her true self stated, “I didn’t know if people would like me. But now I’m taking that step because I’m a little older — I’m 22 — and I think my story can help people.