Andreja PejicGlamour Women of the Year Awards, Arrivals, New York, USA - 13 Nov 2017

Yesterday, a video of Russian entrepreneur Miroslava Duma making transphobic comments at a 2012 lecture in Moscow surfaced on social media. In the video, Duma takes aim at blogger Bryanboy and transgender model Andreja Pejić for wearing women’s clothing, saying she would never publish someone like Pejić on her site, Buro 24/7, due to her concern “about the beauty and purity of the images we publish.”

Pejić caught wind of Duma’s comments and issued a response this afternoon. In a lengthy post shared to her Instagram, Pejić called Duma’s comments “hurtful” while sharing a broader message about gender diversity within the fashion industry.

“I woke up to a video yesterday, where a woman by the name of Miroslava Duma said some pretty ugly things about [Bryan Boy] and me during a conference,” Pejić wrote. “I won’t say it wasn’t hurtful. However, instead of focusing on this blatant ignorance, I couldn’t help but realize the contrast between the state of our business today in comparison to 2012, the year of this video. Fashion hasn’t always celebrated, to quote [Duma] ‘people like us.’ Today I can say I’ve walked for iconic designers like [Marc Jacobs] and even landed on pages of American Vogue as none other than myself.”

Yesterday, Duma issued an apology (her second this week) for the video. Pejić acknowledged Duma’s apology in her Instagram post. “I do think people should be given the chance to grow, change overcome their ignorance,” she wrote. “To my sisters, bros and non binary siblings who don’t have the resources to fight back, to change schools, pay for medical care and the support of thousands of followers and who experience cruelty directed at them only because they have the guts to follow their hearts and minds in the hope of an honest, happy life please remember, chin up ALWAYS!”

You can see Pejić’s message in full below.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures from the time I’ve been working in this business. I’ve never been the girl to do every campaign or walk every show, but I’m happy that I’ve had some pretty unique moments in this industry – a few of which have challenged the dominant paradigm, outdated views of gender and a few that have even spilled over into pop culture.  I woke up to a video yesterday, where a woman by the name of Miroslava Duma said some pretty ugly things about @bryanboycom and me during a conference (scroll right to see). I wont say it wasn’t hurtful. However instead of focusing on this blatant ignorance, I couldn’t help but realize the contrast between the state of our business today in comparison to 2012, the yr of this video. Fashion hasn’t always celebrated, to quote @miraduma “people like us.” Today I can say I’ve walked for iconic designers like @MarcJacobs and even landed on pages of American Vogue as none other than myself. However for a long time I didn’t believe that I was deserving of a firm place in fashion. I remember when I was one of only two people representing a specific “trend” that many people would now place under the title “gender diversity in the fashion space.” Circa 2010 my friend @LeaT and I found International media attention on the one hand and no small amount of ignorance and scorn on the other. Today we are part of a movement of unique talent that is smashing the old categories that once stood and proudly displaying a spectrum of age/color/gender/class. @miraduma ‘s hopes that “this trend fizzles out quickly” have not been realized. I am thankful I got to stick around! I understand that an apology has been issued and I do think people should be given the chance to grow, change, overcome their ignorance. To my little sisters, bros and non binary siblings who don’t have the resources to fight back, to change schools, pay for medical care or the support of thousands of followers and who experience cruelty directed at them only because they have the guts to follow their hearts and minds in the hope of an honest, happy life please remember, chin up ALWAYS! Evolution is no stranger to our cause and one day we’ll see revolution❤️

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