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With ‘Femiman’ Model Andrej Pejic, Marc Jacobs Is Going Trans For Spring

Marc Jacobs, follower? After Givenchy was showered with adoration for featuring designer Riccardo Tisci’s trans muse Lea T. (now a burgeoning model in her own right) in a print ad, Jacobs is turning to fellow gender non-conforming model Andrej Pejic for his 2011 Marc By Marc Jacobs campaign.

Pejic, a Serb with long blonde hair and a nonexistent waist, already popped up in a Jean Paul Gaultier campaign, and has an “extreme androgynous look” that is “causing a frenzy among designers and editors.” OK! They’re calling this breed of models “femiman”; one report calls Pejic transgender, and though I haven’t seen him self-identify as such, he’s definitely “trans” in the gender-defying sense of the word.

French Vogue did put him in the September issue in a spread on trans icons. Pejic played Ziggy Stardust (and Lea T. was also in the spread).

Just don’t be surprised when you don’t see any trans models in 2012. You know how those fashion types are with whatever is “in” one season.