Bosnian-born supermodel Andreja Pejic, known for her striking androgyny, has come out as transgender, announcing on social media Thursday that she’s transitioned from male to female, and that doing so has saved her life.
The acclaimed model, who has appeared on covers of Elle and French Vogue, said she will only be modeling women’s fashion going forward and that her agency supports her transition.
“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,” she said, in a post on Facebook.
She began modeling in 2007, and since then has been named to the Out 100 and received a NewNowNext award for style. She has been on the covers of Elle, New York, and many more, and walked the biggest international runways.
In 2013, she co-starred in David Bowie’s music video, “The Stars are Out Tonight,” alongside Tilda Swinton.
“To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are,” Pejic told GLAAD. “All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right.”