i started reading up on one of my favourite models, ANDREJ PEJIC. pejic is an androgynous male model from australia and, i know what you’re thinking. but if you’ve never seen pejic before, whatever you’re thinking is wrong. that’s not to place some over-arching veil on the general stereotype of androgyny – – well, okay maybe it is. but come on, you know you were thinking it too. and that’s why i decided to write this post! androgyny is beautiful, and this is why.
ANDREJ PEJIC: photo from glamcheck.com
androgyny is not really anything new but today, more than ever, it is everywhere. especially in a city like montreal, personal style can go in any direction you want it to – that’s what’s so fucking rad about this city. and for the most part, we montrealers don’t judge. i have genderqueer male friends that rock out in skirts and it’s perfectly acceptable (read: awesome). but here in MTL, we’re pretty privileged. there are a lot (A LOT) of places (some parts of the USA, most if not all of the middle east, i could go on here..) in the world where queer theory and gender identity are not even “a thing“. i’m someone who is pretty open-minded so maybe that’s why the idea of restricting the way people identify is something completely absurd to me. does not compute.
anyway, androgyny has been around in fashion for, well, forever. miss coco chanel revolutionized the mystery of androgyny in her hay-day (just another reason why we love chanel). girls can wear pants, boys can wear skirts (and i mean that in every sense of the expressions – hello, kilts/kimonos! hello PRADA men’s skirts!) but it goes beyond all that. fashion can take on any gender it wants to, and as such, be appropriated by whoever wears it. but androgyny has more to do with “having both masculine and feminine qualities” (yes, i just dictionary.com-ed that, just to be sure!) and not just a girl in guy’s clothes or vice versa. maybe it’s a personality thing? in the mannerisms or the way you present yourself? it’s definitely a state of mind or a state of being. personal projections – and apparently, the way YOU choose to present yourself matters a lot to the rest of the world.
being “androgynous” is andrej pejic’s claim to fame. this isn’t to belittle him in any way, but it’s the truth. his look is unique based on the fact that it’s supremely feminine (gorgeous nonetheless). but the fact of the matter is, that pejic raises a lot of issues for people in this industry. in an interview for NY MAGAZINE, pejic states “I want to look like me. It just so happens that some of the things I like are feminine” – apparently this is something that’s really difficult for people to understand. why be boxed in by the boundaries of your gender, it’s just a simple matter of want or choice. the rest of us are entitled to our wants or choices, but for some reason, gender has everyone’s panties in a bunch.
on the real, brazilian transsexual model LEA T caused a huge scandal when she revealed she was born a boy. APRIL ASHLEY‘s career was ruined when she was outed as a transsexual by SUNDAY PEOPLE. it is amazing to me how much it makes a difference — ignorance is definitely bliss. fashion isn’t about whether you’re a boy or a girl, fashion is fashion, regardless of who’s wearing it. so what’s the big deal, anyway?
on a happier note, i read a really great article about a kindergarten teacher who taught her students to ignore the boundaries of gender identity and helped stopped bullying towards one of her students! a really great read, the article talks about it being “okay” to like “boys’ toys” if you’re a girl and vice versa. the kids offer really sweet little reactions when the teacher is giving the lesson (“my uncle paints his nails black!”) – if kids can be this open minded…why is it so hard for the rest of the world.
my mom showed me an article in the newspaper about a month ago, about a gender neutral baby called STORM (badass name right?). storm is the child of a family who, since storm’s birth have not said publicly whether the child is a boy or a girl – all in order to open the boundaries of gender identity. they will not discern the baby’s sex, and instead, are going to let storm choose for his or herself! pretty cool, eh?
in the end, what’s with the fuss with gender identity anyway? androgyny is okay in fashion, but not okay in life? wake up world, this is 2012 we’re talking about. obviously there’s going to be a LOT of opinions on this subject and i’ve only touched on a few here so…what’s yours?