StyleCaster caught up with gender-bending (male) model of the moment Andrej Pejic who talked about playing dress-up as a child and his recent turns on the runway. Stylist James Worthington DeMolet also asked him the same question we'd probably pose should our paths ever cross Mr. Pejic's -- what does he think of transsexual model Lea T.?
Some excerpts from the discussion...
On transsexual model Lea T.:
"Well I don't think my situation and Lea T's are completely different when it comes to our personal lives but that's personal, for me at least. And I really think people should stop trying to categorize me because of their need for labels. When it comes to our professional lives, well she only does women's wear and I think I cover more fields. Some people in the industry will use us in a very similar way to represent similar ideas and some will want me to be a bit different from her -- more androgynous, more boyish or even sex-less rather than womanly. I think professionally I am capable of being very versatile."
On his newfound fame:
"Well I think the media storm is very surprising since models don't really get so much attention these days. So I guess it has gone beyond just the fashion industry or any model ranking, which is nice because it's offering me a wide array of opportunities. But sometimes I do just have to stop and hit myself in the head with my diamond-encrusted vase."
Photographs by Thomas Lohr for StyleCaster, where you can see (and read!) more.