Given the recent success of other transgender models (most notably,
Hari Nef was signed by IMG Models last May and made her acting debut in Transparent season two), it’s no wonder
Pejic views this as a watershed moment. “It’s a point of validation for my
career,” she tells ETonline about the recognition in high-profile fashion
“[It’s a] gate-opening moment for transgender models,” Pejic
adds with excitement about what it means for her to be recognized alongside Marie Claire Spain’s other top models. “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!”
Going beyond what it means to be the “first” to do
something, Pejic is looking for some normalcy in the fashion world. “I hope
that halfway through my career or at least by the end of my career, it becomes
normal to be a ‘transgender model,’” she says, echoing a similar sentiment expressed by Geena Rocero, a fellow model and producer of LOGO’s Beautiful as I Want to Be.
“I want to offer more than just a conversation on being
trans,” Rocero recently told ETonline about being accepted in the industry.