While Australians have always had a fairly relaxed attitude towards gender bending (think: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), it's nice to know the rest of the world is catching on. In a first for the magazine, US Vogue has profiled Andreja Pejić for their May issue, discussing last year's gender reassignment surgery and her struggles as an adolescent boy growing up in Melbourne. "Society doesn't tell you that you can be trans," says Pejić, posing for a stunning portrait taken by Patrick Demarchelier. "There are just more categories now," she adds. "It's good. We're finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated."
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For the fashion industry, who first came to embrace Pejić's startling beauty - all cut-glass cheekbones and symmetrical features - the acceptance of Pejić marks a new dialogue about gender politics. In the past, Pejić has walked for both men's and women's shows for Jean Paul Gaultier and has been cast as an androgynous model by Jeremy Scott, Thom Browne and Marc Jacobs, but this year marks an exciting step in her career - scoring a beauty campaign for Make Up For Ever.
While gender role reversals and androgyny are nothing new in fashion, recent collections saw designers increasingly explore gender politics in their shows. Gucci, Proenza Schouler and Chanel sent male models down the womenswear A/W '15 runways, while Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Saint Laurent, Raf Simons and Moschino sent women down the runways.