Model Andreja Pejic Tells Us Her Entire Beauty Regimen, and So Much More

You can’t be an Australian working in the media industry without knowing exactly who Andreja Pejic is—transgender supermodel, activist, and total badass. The 26-year-old has been commanding headlines since Carine Roitfeld put the then relatively obscure model in Vogue Paris. This was before her sex reassignment surgery—which took place in 2014—and the magazine attracted a ton of buzz for dressing a male model (Andreja then identified as Andrej) in womenswear.

I’ve closely tracked the Bosnia and Herzegovina–born, Melbourne-raised beauty’s rise to fame that ensued after her Vogue Paris spread—Pejic is utterly captivating. In the years since, she’s fronted a torrent of campaigns, editorials, and runway shows for Marc Jacobs, Vogue, Jean Paul Gaultier, H&M, DKNY, and Jeremy Scott, and she recently re-signed a lucrative contract as the face of Make Up For Ever. Despite what her Australian accent might lead you to think, Pejic was born in a war zone and spent much of her childhood in a refugee camp before settling in Melbourne, Australia, when she was 8 years old.

A childhood fraught with gender-identity issues, displacement, and poverty has made Pejic one of the world’s most politically active, vocal, and enigmatic models. So when the opportunity came up to ask her all my burning questions about her career, transition, “beauty boys,” and her skincare routine, I obviously jumped on it. Here’s what she shared—listen up, because this woman is strong, inspiring, and fascinating.

Click here to see Andreja Pejic’s first-ever campaign for Make Up For Ever.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.