Interview with Amazing Beautiful Model
Interview with Amazing Beautiful Model
Do you recall when I interviewed actor Channing Tatum that I utilized an ingenious aluminum foil headpiece I created to read his mind? Well this brain-wave method worked so well I have used it again. Now I am happy to report to you the result of my recent interview with an amazing and very beautiful model, Andrea Pejic.
This lovely-looking young supermodel has caused a major stir in the fashion world and is now in constant demand for fashion runway shows, photo shoots and magazine covers.
me – I sense you are wearing your foil cap, Andrea, and I appreciate your taking the time to chat with me today.
Andrea – It’s my pleasure, drbj. But . . .
me – (interrupting) The pleasure is mine. Tell me a little about your early years.
Andrea – I was born August 28, 1991 in Tuzla, the Socialist Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Yugoslavia).
me – I know exactly where that is because I had the pleasure of visiting that area back in the 80s. The countryside was magnificent – beautiful valleys nestled below snow-covered mountains.
Andrea – My mother, Jadranka Savic, is Serbian and my father, Vlada Pejic, Croatian. They were divorced soon after I was born. During the Bosnian War, my family (mother, brother, grandmother and myself) fled to Serbia and settled in a refugee camp near Belgrade.
me – Did you have a difficult childhood?
Andrea – Not really. I was a very happy child. The camp was like a small community. I remember playing outside and I had many girlfriends. My memories are quite carefree.
After the camp we settled in Vojska, a small village near Svilajnac. I met my father then for the first time when I was four years old. My mother wanted my brother, Igor, and myself to have a relationship with our father so the two of us would spend a month every summer with him.
me – I know you and your family moved to Melbourne, Australia as political refugees when you were eight years old.
Andrea – Yes, that was a result of the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 – my mother felt we were no longer safe there.
me – How did you begin your career as a model?
Andrea – I was working in McDonald’s in Melbourne. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I often was the one working behind the counter who asked, “Do you want fries with that?”
A booker for a model agency was impressed with my delicate, pouty, fresh-faced looks. I was told I was ‘absurdly beautiful.’ I began to model in Australia and I signed on with Storm Models in 2010.
My debut was closing the Jean Paul Gaultier spring fashion show in Paris. You better believe that was a heady achievement for me at the age of 19.
me – You know, Andrea, the first time I saw your photo, I thought you were one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen.
Andrea – Photographers seem to appreciate my deceptively delicate looks although they do comment often on how thin I am. BTW . . .
me – (interrupting) In the Paris fashion shows in January of 2011 you accomplished something few models – if any – have ever done.
You walked the runway for both the men’s and women’s shows for designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, and the men’s shows for Marc Jacobs.
Andrea – I believe I am in demand because I possess the rare ability to model successfully both male and female clothing.
me – That’s known as being androgynous.
Andrea – Exactly! And because I can walk the catwalk (runway) for both women’s clothing and menswear, I double my chances of landing work and earning money.
me – I know you have appeared in a number of European fashion magazines: French Vogue, Italian Vogue, Japanese Vogue Hommes, to name a few.
When were you introduced to American fashionistas?
Andrea – I first appeared on the cover of the new-York based magazine, Dossier Journal. The photo shows me taking off a white shirt with my long blonde locks in curlers.
It was ruled too risqué by the Barnes and Noble bookstores. They insisted on covering my image with an opaque plastic sleeve.
me – How old-fashioned!
Andrea – That’s true. Did you know that FHM men’s magazine named me one of the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ in 2011? Isn’t that amazing?
me – What’s equally amazing is that models.com ranked you as number 19 on their ‘Top 50 Male Models’ list, and French Vogue gave you the title of Male Model of the Year (2011).
Andrea – Isn’t that a kick in the head? "I am currently one of the world’s most famous male models and I have absolutely no regrets that most people think I am a woman."
me – Say what? People ‘think you are a woman’?
Are you saying you are NOT a woman?
Andrea – I am a male individual of the masculine persuasion.
I just happen to be six feet tall, very thin, and with the face of an angelic beautiful woman.
I thought you knew.
BTW, I have been trying to tell you something. You have been misspelling my name.
It is Andrej, a masculine name ending in a ‘j’. NOT Andrea ending in an ‘a’.
me – Forgive me, Andrej, for using that form of literary license to make my point.
I wanted readers to see you as I first saw you – a beautiful, very feminine, almost ethereal-looking model, with full lips, high cheekbones and a waif-like expression.
Andrej – I understand. No apology is necessary. As I said, I have become a famous male model and I have no regrets that most people think I am a woman.
Androgyny has made me famous and well-paid. My gender duality is financially advantageous.
me – Because you can work as both a male and female model?
Andrej – Yes, and because traditionally, female supermodels earn much, much more than males.
me – You got that right. You are intelligent beyond your young age as well as exceptionally attractive.
Tell me, Andrej, what would you say to those who see you as controversial?
Andrej – Any controversy I provoke may be part of my appeal. In an interview with New York Magazine, I said – this is a direct quote – “I’m sure most people think of me as a woman. It doesn't bother me anymore and I feel fine about it … I don't consider my looks unusual."
“I've left my gender open to artistic interpretation. I don't really have that sort of strong gender identity – I identify as what I am. The fact that people are using it for creative or marketing purposes, it's just kind of like having a skill and using it to earn money. This is a new age of androgynous supermodels.”
me – Thank you for being so open and candid. What is your greatest wish for the future?
Andrej – “Since I am comfortable modeling both men's and women’s wear, I aspire one day to model for Playboy.”
me – I’ll try to contact Hefner, one way or another, to make your dream come true. Ciao, Andrej, and good luck in your career.
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Includes valuable information for older workers, and how to negotiate salary successfully.
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