Andrej Pejic a Serbian androgynous model is the face of the newest issue of Dossier. I've always been a fan of Andrej because of his chameleon like looks. He's graced the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier (for the men and women show) and Marc Jacobs. When you look at his body, he is clearly a man but his face is so calm, serene and feminine. To me that combination is so intriguing and instantly draws me in.
However, two major bookstores in the US, Barnes & Noble and Borders have decided to have an opaque plastic wrap covering the magazine at Dossier's own expense. Although the bookstores do understand that Pejic is indeed a man the retailers stated that "the model is young and it could be deemes as a naked female". I would just like to point out men and women are constantly placed on magazine covers half naked, they are in movies, even daytime television.
There is no doubt in my mind that if this cover had featured a young man with pecs of steel and washboard abs, nobody would have given it a second though about it. I feel like the hair rollers and pins are what pushes this over the edge for these big retailers and that this hair is really meant for females. If Ellen Degeneres who does not have a typical feminine look can be the face for Cover Girl, why cant a young man wear hair rollers in his hair on a cover of a magazine? We live in a generation where different people and bodies are celebrated and stereotypes are being broken (even if it is still a work in progress.) In my opinion, nobody should be censored for being who they are.