Back in November, a petition by Change.org went viral on the Internet requesting for Elite model and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Carmen Carrera, to become the first trans- gendered Victoria’s Secret Angel. While the petition received the normal backlash from conservatives, the amount of support for Carrera was something unprecedented. With over 40,000 backers already on the model’s side to gain one of the most coveted titles in the fash- ion industry to date, Carmen has become another figure in the fight for global brands, and the world in general, to recognize and embrace the new face of fashion.
In a recent article published in the Daily Beast, the model stated the following about becom- ing the first transgendered Angel: “I mean, in all honesty, let’s keep it real. I know how these things work in the industry. I mean I understand the casting process and I understand that it’s difficult to get into a show like this,” she said. “But at the same time, I definitely feel that I meet all the requirements.” Having already had a major spread in W Magazine alongside indus- try heavy hitters like Linda Evangelista this year, the model’s climb to the top is evident and serves as a true testament as to how the industry is changing for the better.
While Carmen is one of the few warriors on the front line in the fight, she surely isn’t alone. Andrej Pejic, the Australian-bred supermodel who’s set a new industry bar by working as both a man and woman for some the world’s biggest designers, has been one of the most promi- nent faces in the media since she was 17-years-old. Her ability to portray both gender roles with seamless grace has led the model to become the poster child for the new movement in the fashion industry where a person’s gender stops at their birth certificate. We spoke with Andrej at the Galore Magazine holiday party and she had much to say about the subject.