What is Androgyny?

Posted: October 20, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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What do you think of when you hear the word ‘androgynous?’ How about ‘male’ or ‘female?’ These may sound like stupid or rhetorical questions to some, but they are interesting to consider when you encounter Andrej Pejic. He is an Australian-Bosnian model whose career literally skyrocketed in months. The reason? He embodies one of the biggest trends in fashion.

Androgyny has been a prevalent trend in the industry ever since the end of the glamazon 90s with ups and downs from season to season. In fashion, androgyny manifests itself in men who are able to pull off very slim and ‘feminine’ garments, and who may have feminine facial features and bone structure. In womenswear, it comes across in models who may be less shapely, who have stronger jaws, and less typically ‘pretty’ features. Those are the somewhat usual markers used to describe androgynous models.

Yet, with Andrej, the lines are blurred to a new extent. There are very few ways to determine by simply looking at him, that he is indeed biologically male. He has gone through no procedures, has done nothing to alter his appearance, but can transition from male to female by simply changing from one outfit into the next. He is able to seamlessly go from walking in menswear shows to womenswear shows demonstrating that he is aware of his caché in both worlds.

He is a gorgeous woman as well as an attractive male, and serves as a perfect example when asking the question of what determines gender. Is he less of a male because he effortlessly looks like a female? What makes him one or the other? And more importantly, why does it even matter? As of now, he embodies one of fashion’s favorite things: novelty and personality.

Last Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II gathered a select number of famous Australians to join her at Buckingham Palace. Of course, everyone was wondering what Pejic would choose to wear to such an event, and in true form, he chose what he was comfortable in:

“I’m wearing a Paul Smith blazer, because I wanted to wear at least one British designer, with a vintage Versace pencil skirt and just some heels. I wanted to just be myself–androgynous–and play with the masculine blazer and pencil skirt. It’s also a bit Nineties, which I love.” – Vogue UK

-Nadjma Sako

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