Food for Thought: The Rise of Andrej Pejic


In case you haven't heard, Andrej Pejic is a 19 year-old Serbian boy who is taking the women's modeling world by storm.  Yes, you read that right.  The women's modeling world.  His biggest coup has been closing the Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011 couture collection in a show-stopping "wedding gown" (later worn by Rihanna to the Grammys).  He also walked this month in NYFW for Jen Kao, has been featured in Italian Vogue and French Vogue, and currently stars in the ad campaigns of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier.  Pejic isn't the first male to model women's high fashion, although he is the first to do so on such a broad level.  This summer Katie mentioned transgender model Lea T., whom has modeled for Givenchy, among other things.  I never really gave either model much thought.  The fashion industry is known for being edgy and making statements, or whatever, and these two models both just seemed pretty gimmicky to me.  But this morning I came across an article on the Daily Mail that really examined what they see as the issue at hand.  With designers, editors, and stylists clamoring to work with the thinnest of the thin girls, essentially pushing them to choose between starvation or early retirement, isn't it only a natural progression for them to start working with men instead?  If they want flat-chested, surfboard-skinny models (because this is supposedly "just what their clothing looks best on"), why even bother with women?  Why not just go straight to hiring pretty guys?  I had never really examined the issue, but Amanda Platell's piece certainly puts it in a thought-provoking light.  If you're interested, it's a worthwhile read, and will probably take up about three minutes of your time.  In case you missed the link above, you can read the article here.

Above: Pejic walking the runways for Kao and Gaultier

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