It is rare for me to publicly criticize any individual, because more than anything I hate confrontation, and expressing discontent outright is the surest path to a showdown. But from time to time, I feel the need to speak out, and this is one of those occasions. So.
Let it be known that I am sick of Andrej Pejic. Here we have a man modeling fashion meant for women, thereby further perpetuating a disgustingly narrow beauty ideal that has damaged many women, including female fashion models and average ladies.
Let me clarify: it is absolutely NOT Pejic's androgyny that bothers me. Hell, I'm practically in love with David Bowie, who is the very definition of androgyny. And I will even defend Pejic's cover of Dossier, which was censored by both Barnes and Noble AND Borders because he was topless--and (I feel) obviously male--but was also wearing curlers in his long blond hair. He has the right to live his own life any way he chooses, and I am not opposed to him as a person (I'm sure he's a wonderful young man).
However, what I CANNOT accept is a man who is lauded as a paragon of female beauty. Women have enough trouble because of the fashion industry without a man coming along with his extremely small frame and strutting in women’s clothing. This only strengthens the idea that women should be unhealthily thin and without curves, an idea which has been promoted by the fashion industry for far too long. In other words, it's not really Andrej Pejic who bothers me; it's what he represents.
So this is my plea (I hope you’re listening, fashion insiders): PLEASE continue to support Pejic as a human being; he deserves to be recognized as a unique entity. But we must open the fashion field up to women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and identities—transgendered and transexual women included. Otherwise, the consequences will continue to pile up.