Jean Paul Gaultier’s androgynous bride, Andrej Pejic, speaks!

23 March 2011

He’s the poster boy for androgyny, and his profile has exploded since modelling in a number of Spring and Summer shows wearing women’s clothes, and most spectacularly of all, the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture bridal look. Wow. Andrej has spoken to Block Magazine about his career highlights so far and whether he prefers modelling men's or womenswear.  . . . apparently he thinks ‘modelling women’s wear is more complicated, but I think I like that.’ And he reveals that he’s been dressing up for years, ever since he was a little boy in fact, pretending to be ‘a female gypsy dancer.’

When he was asked about a shoot where he had to kiss supermodel Karolina Kurkova, he said that he managed to take it all in his stride, without too much difficulty. ‘Oh literally the photographers just told us to turn to each other and lock lips and it took maybe 10 minutes to shoot. It’s like our lips were always meant to meet and then the photographers had to separate us!’

SO he doesn’t have a particular preference when it comes to girls or boys, then? We don’t know, but what we do know is that he feels he has a lot in common with another androgynous model and model, Givenchy muse, 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.’

So now we know. And finally, has his new found fame spoiled him at all?

‘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.’

So THAT’S what models spend their millions on!

- Naomi Attwood

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