Meet the First Transgender Model to Sign a Major Beauty Contract

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Andreja Pejic is breaking down the standards of beauty in the fashion industry.

The 23-year-old transgender model has walked in dozens of runway shows during career, and was preparing to take on her first as a fully transitioned woman when Vogue interviewed her this month.

As Andreja continues to knock down barriers in the fashion industry, she's also doing so in the beauty industry, with the mag revealing she has signed on as the face of Make Up For Ever, making her the first transgender model to sign a major beauty contract.

The Bosnian, who has been modeling since she was a small child, said she "wanted to stop puberty in its early tracks" when she was younger, adding, "I was worried about my feet being too big, my hands being too big, my jawline being too strong." On her first fashion job, though, she felt a sense of relief when she was surrounded by models with similar proportions. "Every girl in fashion is exactly the same. I don't need to worry!," she told herself at the time.
GILES - Runway - LFW FW15Andreja began taking synthetic, puberty-suppressing hormones in her adolescence, and went on to have gender-confirmation surgery last year. Before she did, several people told her that transitioning might jeopardize her career. "There was definitely a lot of 'Oh, you're going to lose what's special about you. You're not going to be interesting anymore. There are loads of pretty girls out there,'" she said. Still, she pressed on.

Now that Andreja has been open about her story and prominent in the media, she said she once struggled with how she would ever find someone who would love and accept her in a relationship. "Being known to the whole world with this transition, I thought, Who is ever going to love me? How am I going to have a relationship with a man if all of this is public?"

"Then I got to a place where I was like, 'I'm successful and happy with what I've achieved," she continued. "There's nothing I should be ashamed of. You can take it or leave it.'"

Andreja's milestone with Make Up For Ever, follows behind news that transgender teen Jazz Jennings landed a "See the Real Me" make-up ad and transgender model Lea T nabbed a spokesperson deal with Redken last year.

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