is it possible to be more in love with andrej pejic? doubtful
i recommend reading this entire interview. luv andrej pejic. luv.
sparklyslug asked: What are your thoughts on male models like Andrej Pejic modeling women's fashion? Because on the one hand I'm like, 'hell yeah subversion of gender presentation!' And on the other I sort of feel like this is just making beauty as fashion sees it more unattainable for female models, and by extension maybe even ladies in general.
well, there definitely aren’t enough male models like andrej pejic for them to be any real “danger” to female models. like, this isn’t a situation where male models are ~stealing the jobs~ of female models: it’s basically stunt-casting. while andrej pejic does have his niche, it’s not hugely common for male models to walk in womenswear shows, or to be used in womenswear photoshoots. it’s definitely more common than the reverse (ie, women walking in menswear shows, which is VANISHINGLY unusual), but that’s partly because the womenswear fashion industry is just bigger, meaning there’s more opportunities for androgynous male models like andrej pejic to cross the divide. also, women have way more leeway to experiment with androgynous dressing in general. it’s pretty normal for womenswear collections to include baggy or butch (ish) clothing, or a riff on menswear suits. but it’s rare to see menswear that directly references “femininity”, even in shows that include a bunch of skirts-for-men.
personally, i like andrej pejic and i enjoy it when fashion messes around with gender roles. however, i do understand the criticism that the FACT that andrej pejic can wear “womenswear” says something about the “ideal model body” in general. ie, that the body shape of most female catwalk models is very close to that of an adolescent boy. a thin male model can fit into womenswear because he has narrow hips and a narrow waist — and generally, it’s easier for young/adolescent men to maintain that type of physique than it is for women, who naturally have wider hips and a higher quota of body fat.
people like to talk about how andrej pejic is a ~feminine ideal~ which is obviously an exaggeration, but is still something to think about. while his face is very androgynous/pretty, his body is pretty typical of a slim-type male model, whereas a female catwalk model with an androgynous/butch face and typical female model body would have a way harder time achieving the level of success that he’s managed. male models range from skinny/gawky to muscular, while female catwalk models are far more formulaic: almost always super-thin, super-delicate, and often underage.