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by Dan Avery


Ford Models, one of the company’s most iconic agencies, has signed the first openly transgender model in the company’s 71-year history: Initially appearing in campaigns for men and women, Andreja Pejic has come out as transgender in 2014. She became the first trans model to profile in vogue and the first to lead a major beauty campaign as the face of Make Up For Ever.
She also appeared on the covers of Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Charm and QG Portugal.

“I am grateful to be able to say that I am surrounded by a team that truly appreciates what I bring to the table,” Pejic wrote on Instagram. “I guess that’s the number one business rule in this industry, but it’s not always the easiest to achieve. Excited for the future!

Born in Bosnia, Pejic fled civil unrest with her family and emigrated to Australia. She was scouted by a modeling agent while working at a McDonald’s.

She is now represented by Christopher Michael, Ford’s chief creative officer.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.