Andreja Pejic
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Continuing to break barriers in the fashion industry, Andreja Pejic just became the first transgender model to sign with Ford Models. The 26-year-old, who initially gained traction as fashion’s first completely androgynous model, announced the monumental news on Instagram.

“I am more than delighted to announce that I will be joining forces with the legendary @fordmodels agency. @chrimichael is the kind of agent any girl in showbiz would die to have. I’m grateful that I can say I’m surrounded by a team that truly values what I bring to the table,” Pejic wrote.

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After publicly coming out as transgender back in 2013, Pejic was dropped from her modeling agency at the time. Now, she’s signed on with one of the oldest and most prestigious modeling agencies in the world. In an interview with Forbes, Pejic opened up about the experience, “It feels good to go from not even knowing if I would have a future in the modeling business to joining forces with one of the biggest names in the industry, and following in the footstep of Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Alek Wek—the list goes on and on.”

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Pejic was the first to model both menswear and womenswear in the industry and became the first transgender model to land a major beauty campaign back in 2015 for Make Up For Ever. Along with walking the runways at Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and more, the model also became the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of GQ.

Now signed as an official Ford Model, it looks like this is only the beginning of Pejic’s work as a force for transgender representation in the fashion and beauty realms.

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From: Harper’s BAZAAR US