Andreja Pejic needs no introduction. But in case you have been living in a bubble for the past couple of years and haven't heard her name, Andreja is a Bosnian-Australian who broke through the ranks to become one of the world's most recognisable and inspirational transgender models. To put it in context for you, as a child she fled war-torn Bosnia and arrived in Australia as a refugee. By 19, she was modelling for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, and in 2015, following her gender-reassignment surgery, she went on to become the first transgender model to appear in Vogue. Now, she's realised another dream - to join the long list of iconic Australian models, including Miranda Kerr, Kelly Gale, Shanina Shaik, to become a Bonds girl. We caught up with her to discuss her new campaign, Intimately by Bonds, and so much more.
Tell us about the last time you had ‘All the feels’.
When listening to Chris Isaac's Blue Hotel while driving across the red dessert in Arizona with my two best friends. I was in Scottsdale by myself recovering from a surgery and feeling pretty down and they drove across the state to surprise me. We sneaked out of the hospital and went to the mountains.
If you could, what would you tell your younger self today?
I would tell myself not to cry over the guy you were dating who didn't want to hold your hand in public because he wasn't comfortable with you, but more-so himself, because 10 years later that guy is going to walk into a Bonds store and be reminded of what he lost.
How do you feel when you wear underwear? What does it represent to you?
When I think of underwear I think of feminine hip bones, of dancing around before a shower, 1960s Marilyn Monroe beach photos, being topless in the summer heat and, for some reason, toned butt cheeks with goose bumps all over them. I think it’s from the first underwear add I saw as a kid.
"Wearing underwear and nothing else to me represents a level of comfort with my own body that took me about 24 years to achieve. Every time I do it I am reminded that anything is possible."
What pieces from the Bonds Intimately range do you love the most and why?
My favourite is the burnt orange lace set I'm wearing in the campaign. I also love the body suits. Very well cut!
What do you look for when shopping for intimates?
I look for understated sex appeal. Flexibility is also important, I want to be able to go from shopping for groceries to making out with a cute boy without having to think about changing my panties. I don't wear bras too often but when I do I seek a slight lift but without much padding unless I'm wearing my bra as a top in which case I'm happy to aim for total-in-your-face cleavage. Although with my B-cups/small C-cups I rarely achieve anything close to that but it's the feeling that counts!
What does 2019 have in store for you?
So much to come! I've started my career in acting and I will be filming my second movie, which I am super excited about! I’m becoming a Bonds girl which I never thought possible. I hope to spend more time with my family and traveling back home more often. I want to take up ballet lessons and writing classes and I want to get through at least 50 movies and books on my "To read/watch" list.
What’s one word you’d use to describe how you feel about your body?