On Monday, we were all treated to perhaps one of the best AMAs on Reddit: Model Andreja Pejic fielded questions from fans for an hour, with questions ranging from modeling and her career to transitioning from male to female. It was a wonderfully supportive discussion — kind of surprising given Reddit’s reputation.
We rounded up some of our favorite questions and answers, and have become even bigger fans of Andreja after this.
Which are easier and/or more fun to model, men’s clothes or women’s clothes?
Which is easier – well I can only speak for my personal experience, I was always drawn to more feminine things, so I felt a lot more comfortable in women’s clothes and enjoyed them more. But there’s something really cool about dressing as the opposite gender too. So I’ve enjoyed both.
What is your daily eyebrow maintenance routine? They look amazing!
Well I don’t mess with them TOO much because bushy eyebrows are very much in right now. I just have a beautician that cleans them up, every month I would say? But it’s very minimal. The key is minimal.
Since you’re probably the only person who truly knows, how would you say the treatment differs between male and female models in the industry? Have you noticed any dramatic changes?
Yeah, there’s a big difference between how male models & female models are treated.
Definitely female models are at a higher level in the industry, it’s a business, so women definitely dominate. I think male modeling is still developing and to be a male model is still developing, whereas to be a female model is very much developed.
Wanna go out with me? I’ve got a coupon for the Olive Garden.
I like Red Lobster better.
What do you think people misunderstand most about transgender people today?
I would say the fact that we are human beings like anyone else, and we strive to have happy and fulfilling lives, like anyone else. And that we are like everybody else.
Hi Andreja, another big fan of yours here. My question is what’s your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is the first time I received a Barbie from a neighbor, because I kept begging my mom to buy me a Barbie, I never got one, so my neighbor donated one to me. So that was a nice.
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Ariana Grande has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to her chart-topping summer hits “Bang Bang” and “Problem.” Marie Claire has taken notice and chosen the 21-year-old singer to cover its October issue, which Ariana is taking as an opportunity to let the world know that, although she may look like a minor, she’s really 21 and can drink, SO STOP CARDING HER, OK??
With her mouth agape, the singer flashes a surprised glance at the camera, making for quite an interesting shot, to say the least.
Like most other former child stars, Ariana is trying to shake her teenybopper image and, as we know, there’s no better way to do that than to sex things up. For the video of her single “The Way,” she says, “I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make. And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people.” Changing your hair, associating with rappers…sounds like the basic recipe young stars employ to show that they’re “grown.”
But apparently, Ariana’s been big in the britches for much longer than that. She tells Marie Claire that she always knew she wanted to do music.
“I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’”
Not anymore, apparently. The singer, who’s rumored to be dating Big Sean, is all grown-up — even if she doesn’t look it.
[via Marie Claire]
UPDATE: We mistakenly stated that Ariana Grande was a child star at Disney, when she was actually on Nickelodeon. This article has been updated to reflect her affiliation.
Is October the new September? W Magazine is certainly pulling out all the stops with its latest installment. The magazine released its October 2014 cover online earlier today, featuring none other than Naomi Campbell. Photographed in a classic studio setting with a gray background by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Naomi poses in a simple white dress with her arms behind her back for the eye-catching cover shot.
It seems our forum members aren’t taking a shine to the supermodel’s new cover. “Awful. The makeup, the missing arms. What’s up with that?” questioned anlabe32.
“I&V are trying to recreate the essence of their ‘weird’ portraits and failing miserably at it,” replied Melancholybaby.
Nymphaea wasn’t feeling the pose, either, “No arms and horrible eye makeup, this could have been so much better.”
Also underwhelmed was miguelalmeida, who posted: “I love the idea of making Naomi look like a bust sculpture but…that makeup killed the cover!”
A few members admired the cover, though. “I find Naomi’s cover intriguing…the sculpture/bust idea is interesting. Naomi looks very beautiful here,” declared an enthusiastic YoninahAliza.
“Even with that horrific makeup, I can’t help but love Naomi’s cover. At least they dared with Campbell!” raved Miss Dalloway.
Charlotte Casiraghi and Cara Delevingne are also cover stars of W Magazine‘s October issue, and both can be previewed here. “I think the Naomi cover is definitely inspired by Diana Ross. I hate myself for saying this, but Cara’s cover looks to be the best of the three…” stated orchidee.
Share your own opinion and await the contents of the issue inside the thread here.
Fresh off the cover of U.S. Vogue‘s September issue, Cara Delevingne stars on Allure‘s October 2014 cover. The British 22-year-old was shot by Mario Testino with her blond locks styled in 70s curls that caressed her flawless face and delivered a great beauty image. The current face of the My Burberry fragrance (alongside Kate Moss) can also be found inside the issue for a range of captivating beauty images.
“The editorial looks really good! But not sure about the cover,” replied Oxymore.
“Not so sure about the cover. Cara definitely doesn’t fit the whole bombshell vibe they were going for,” stated orchidee, who clearly didn’t appreciate the direction behind the shoot.
Much like most of our forum members, coutugh prefers the editorial: “Hate the cover. Whatever they tried to do with transforming Cara into an almost doll-like figure failed. I like the editorial images though they almost gave me an Irving Penn vibe.”
“I don’t like the cover, but I think the preview of the editorial looks really good,” agreed testinofan.
Sharing the same sentiments was justaguy: “Don’t care for the cover, but the edit is pretty cool, very Penn-esque!”
Are you a fan of the cover? Happy to see a model on the cover of Allure? Don’t forget to join the discussion here.