You may recall I wrote recently about fashion model Andrej Pejic, who is a teenaged boy who passes for female on the catwalks of the world of high fashion. Amongst my commentary about how Pejic is typically photographed was this:
The impact of these images is to fool you into thinking you’re looking at a woman…
And guess what happened? The “lad” magazine FHM named Pejic one of its “100 Sexiest Women in the World”… and then had a homophobic freakout when it was pointed out to them that Pejic is a dude.
Via the Guardian:
Men’s magazine FHM has been forced into making an apology after including androgynous male model Andrej Pejic in its annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World – only to brand him a “thing” on its website.
The readers of the US version of FHM this year voted to include Pejic, an Australian, at number 98 in its annual list of the 100 sexiest women for 2011.
However, Pejic, who came ahead of Lady Gaga and former Victoria’s Secret model Izabel Goulart in the poll, came in for some criticism in the accompanying profile on the FHM website.
FHM, removed the content after US media picked up on the story several weeks after the content had been published online on 5 May, although there are still screengrabs of the original copy elsewhere online.
Under the heading “Why we love Andrej Pejic”, the 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”.
Of course FHM won’t be following this trend, and of course it wants a sick bucket. FHM is terrified it’s suddenly gay because it accidently got turned on by a man.