Tuesday, 17 May 2011

......2 WTF............. Femiman Censored.......

A magazine cover featuring groundbreaking Melbourne model Andrej Pejic has been deemed too racy for magazine stands in the US because the gender-bending "Broady boy" is bare-chested and looks too feminine.

The 19-year-old from working-class Broadmeadows has taken the fashion world by storm with his androgynous look, modelling womenswear for Paris couture shows and even wearing a wedding dress for Jean Paul Gaultier.

But his latest magazine cover for the New York-based magazine Dossier Journal - in which he is pictured taking off his shirt with his long blond locks in curlers - has been ruled too risque by US bookstores Barnes & Noble and Borders, which are covering the image with an opaque sleeve.

Melbourne model Andrej Pejic Dossier cover, uncensored.

Melbourne model Andrej Pejic's Dossier cover, uncensored.

Dossier creative director Skye Parrott told the Huffington Post that the magazine had informed both stores that Pejic was male, and that they were essentially censoring the image of a shirtless man.

However, both stores stood by their decisions, saying customers could mistake Pejic for a shirtless woman.

"It's a naked man on the cover of a magazine, which is done all of the time without being covered up, so I definitely don't think it merits this, but I understand what it is," Ms Parrott said.

"It seems that it probably made people uncomfortable. But that's part of what's interesting about the cover, I think, is that it's playing with those ideas of gender roles. He's topless, you can see that he's a man, but if you look at his face, he looks like a woman and he's so beautiful ... "

She said both book stores had asked for all copies of the magazine to be placed in "opaque poly bags because even though they knew Andrej was a man, he looked too much like a woman, basically".

International chains in Britain, where Dossier is also stocked, apparently do not share Barnes & Noble's and Borders' concerns.

Pejic has ridden a global wave of popularity in fashion circles with his "femiman" look.

His reputation was sealed this year when he appeared as a "bride" with a towering veil headdress on Gaultier's Paris catwalk.

At the last New York fashion week, Pejic modelled in five menswear shows and four womenswear shows.

Originally from Bosnia, Pejic moved to Melbourne when he was eight. At the age of 16 he was spotted by a modelling scout while working at McDonald's.

Has someone told B&N that this is a dude - do they not see that he doesn't even have MAN-boobs let alone woman boobs? I can not understand why they see the need to censor this? I understand that the kid is a little creepy with the whole "I have a female silhouette and a dick and Gaultier loves me" - but IT'S A DUDE !!!!! HE IS A GUY !!!!!

oy vey ..................


Bob said...

This takes censorship to a whole new level.
A new LOWER level.

Sue said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I have seen it all over, but only the top! I had no idea what it was all about, and now that I see it, how silly is that???? So ridiculous, its retarded! Stupid Americans! Once again going overboard with censorship!


todd carr said...

absolutely ridiculous. People are afraid to think outside of their comfortable little norms. Here is an artist/model blending gender in a way that forces us to think. come on people...stop being lazy/boring.

I think Ronald McDonald is offensive, screw that clown!

Prince Toddy English said...

He's beautiful!
And even if he had breasts (which he does not)what is so pornographic about them?
I never understood why a woman's boobs are so lascivious.
Yet, I am willing to be a fat hair guy posing topless would not even warrant a second glance.

JiEL said...

It proves that in USA and some remote places in Canada, TOLERANCE and open minds are not yet achived.

Lots of work to do to promote a simple value a FREEDOM of speech or artistic expression.

Some Americans are a bit «hypocrites» because they secretly watch porn and many come to Montréal to go in «Nude male bars» to TOUCH those «TWINKIES» and enjoy what they CAN'T in their bigot cities...

OOPS!... S'cuse me but I witnessed it often. BIG fat daddies doing it and giving lots of $ $ $ $ to fulfill their needs for «fresh meat»...

JiEL, Montréal, Canada

Wonder Man said...

this is crazy

MJ said...

I haven't been in a McDonald's for a long time but I never saw anyone this pretty working in one.

63mago said...

Some people there must be very uncertain about their own sexuality, even fear it.
In a cuntry with a giant sex industry.

Mitch Block said...

More from the Puritans. I guess I'll just stop patronizing Barnes & Noble and Borders until I escape the provinces!

PDQ said...

I'd guess both chains are fearful of offending middle Americans. People in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, etc. probably wouldn't have an issue with it. It's those in the flyover states like Kansas, Missouri, Utah, etc. who fashion themselves as "wholesome" that would take issue with it.

Borders is in financial trouble so they can't afford to piss anyone off. B&N probably doesn't want to piss people off either - why give people a reason to shop at Borders instead of B&N? So they played it safe.