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Richard Drew, Associated Press
In this Jan. 27, 2012 photo, photographer transgender model Andrej Pejic has make-up applied by Cecelia Romero for a fashion shoot in New York. Transgender models have promoted the work of Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, but it’s a man with no plans for gender reassignment surgery who’s straddling the line like no other. Pejic, 20, says he’s perfectly happy being gender neutral. Some in the fashion industry see Pejic as a sign of a new gender fluidity.

NEW YORK — Andrej Pejic (AHN'-dray peh-ZHEEK') turns heads wherever he goes — usually men's.

That's because he's the only top-tier fashion model who can walk down the runway as either a man or a woman.

His androgynous beauty has turned him into a trendsetter in an industry that's always seeking to push the envelope.

As Fashion Week gets under way in New York, Pejic is one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.

He was born in Bosnia, spent much of his childhood in a refugee camp and fled with his family to Australia. He was discovered by a talent scout while working at a McDonald's as a teenager.