Today, Vogue released a profile on model Andreja Pejic, in which she revealed something major—she's the new face of Make Up For Ever, with a campaign coming this year.
The article tracks Andreja's modeling career—from being discovered as a teen at McDonald's to walking in runway shows for Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, and more—and, more generally, how "Pejic’s success neatly coincides with—and embodies—a kind of cultural and political mainstreaming of transgender identity."
In the caption of her portrait shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Pejic thanks Anna Wintour, Tonne Goodman, Patrick, and Helena Suric for not only "for making history and having me be part of it but even more importantly for representing a whole social minority and an often forgotten community of women in such an important publication and opening doors for the rest of the fashion industry to do so!"
While the fashion industry seems to be making some effort in diversifying its runways, there is, obviously, a lot of progress that still needs to be made. Within the past year, transgender model Lea T was announced as the new face—and hair—of Redken and Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and advocate, was named as the new face of Clean & Clear’s #SeeTheRealMe campaign—which, hopefully, is a sign of more visibility and acceptance to come.
You can read the full article on Vogue's website.