In the annals of censored photographs the current furore over the cover of style and culture magazine Dossier is one of the strangest. Stylite webzine reports on how the image of bare-chested Australian model Andrej Pejic has meant that all Borders, and Barnes and Noble stores, will stock the magazine but only with black poly bags. The magazine itself will have to cough up the cash for the distributors to bag the magazine up. In a further twist, Elle magazine who attended the glitzy Dossier launch event at the New Museum’s Sky Room in New York, confirm that the shops were made aware of Pejic’s gender. “The hot topic of the night,” reports Elle’s Johnny Misheff, “was the controversy surrounding the cover, which features the androgynous young Jean Paul Gaultier model Andrej Pejic who appears topless. Turns out newsstands (OK, we’ll name them: Barnes & Noble and Borders) are covering the image for being too risque. Little do they know they’re censoring the image of a shirtless man.” Katherine Krause, Dossier’s Editor-In-Chief, says that both bookstores have been made aware of Pejic’s gender but will move forward with the censoring.” It’s hard to imagine it occurring to the Editor and Designer that this image would provoke such a reaction. Would it have occurred to you? Is the combination of pin curlers and an open-shirted bare-chest just a step too far?
UPDATE June 3
The Guardian reports that Andrej Pejic was voted by FHM readers into their top 100 sexiest women in 2011. According to The Guardian, under the headline “Why we love Andrej Pejic”, FHM
“online profile referred to him as a ‘thing’ and a “blonde gender bender” with aspirations to be a Victoria’s Secret Model, which made the writer want to reach for a ‘sick bucket’. It went on to say that Pejic ‘is not the only one when it comes to supermodels that are not all they seem”, which was a “fashion trend we won’t be following’. The magazine published an apology claiming that the entry had somehow missed being subbed by editors before being put online.”
The Stylite Gallery of Andej Pejic