Model Andreja Pejic announces she is a transgender woman

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Formerly known as Andrej Pejic, the international model announced Thursday (July 24) that she is a transgender woman who is now going by the name Andreja Pejic. She will also model women's clothing exclusively from this point on.

Pejic made a statement to GLAAD about her announcement:

"To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right."

The model also posted a message to her Facebook page:

"As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter."

A model since 2007, Australian Pejic has since been on the covers of Elle, New York and other magazines in addition to runway modeling. She has also served as a judge on the British/Irish version of "Top Model."

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