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Andreja Pejić Becomes Ford’s First Signed Transgender Model

The 26-year-old war refugee continues breaking grounds. 

Andreja Pejić, who came out as transgender in 2014, has become the first non-cisgender model to sign with Ford Modeling Agency, which has been operating now for 71 years.

Announcing her new deal, Pejić said: “I’m grateful that I can say I’m surrounded by a team that truly values what I bring to the table. I guess it’s the number one rule of business in this businesses but it’s not always the easiest one to achieve. Excited for the future!”

Pejić was a groundbreaking model before signing with Ford—she’s the first trans model ever profiled in Vogue, as well as the first to lead a major beauty campaign as the face of Make Up For Ever in 2015.

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the 26-year-old war refugee fled with her family at an early age to Australia, where she was noticed by a modeling scout while working at McDonald’s. She rose to fame back in 2010, first identifying as an “androgynous” model for brands like Jeremy Scott, Jean Paul Gaultier and Rick Owens.

Pejić appeared in the 2015 OUT100 lineup, after being named OUT’s “Stylemaker of the Year” in 2011. Before she came out as trans, the model compared the male modeling industry to the army: “very straight, but very gay.” Pejić also discussed working her way to the top of the female modeling industry: “The truth is I have to work twice as hard to be taken as seriously as the top girls,” she said. “I understand that it will take time for me to prove that I’m actually a good model once you look past the media hype and the uniqueness of my looks. But hey, I’m not the first that has had to fight.”

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