Andreja Pejic has landed her first magazine cover with Marie Claire Spain following her gender reassignment surgery. The 24-year-old model appears on the magazine’s cover for their March 2016 edition looking very beautiful in a sheer crocheted dress with the headline next to her reading “Romper El Tabú” (“Breaking the Taboo”). Pejic appears in an eight-page spread and four-page cover story entitled, “Fuera De La Crisálida” (“Out of the Chrysalis.”)
Andreja was also named Marie Claire Spain’s Model of the Year. Past winners of the prestigious accolade include Saskia de Brauw, Irina Shayk, Gemma Ward, Arizona Muse, Doutzen Kroes, Linda Evangelista and Anja Rubik.
Speaking of her win, Andreja said,
“Receiving the ‘Model Of The Year’ award from Marie Claire Spain with previous title-holders – which include some of my favorite models like Saskia, Anja, Arizona, Gemma and Linda – I mean, need I really explain!? It feels beyond to have my name follow and gives me hope in showing that girls like us are girls that are just as good!”
She also recently spoke at the Time To THRIVE Conference, which took place on Valentine’s Day in Texas, about growing up, her journey to realising she was a transgender woman and her inspiring campaign with Kenneth Cole. The part where she said she was a loner in school and read a lot reminded me of my own experiences. She gave a really interesting and articulate speech at the conference which you can view below: