Men’s magazine FHM has been forced into making an apology after readers voted to rank androgynous male model Andrej Pejic 98th in its annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World list — only for the writer to make some offensive comments about him on its website, calling him a “thing” and saying “pass the sick bucket.”
This is what the entry on Pejic (now deleted from the website) read:
Although his sexual identity is ambiguous, designers are hailing him as the next big thing. We think “thing” is quite accurate. Tall, skinny, and flat-chested, Andrej is considered in couture circles as the “perfect coat-hanger” for high fashion garments, moving the industry on from hot girls who look dangerously boyish to just boys who look like girls. Having managed to get away with it in campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, the blonde gender-bender has jumped the gun in hoping he might one day be signed as a Victoria’s Secret Model (Pass the sick bucket). Well, he might have a hard time keeping it a secret then.
Andrej Pejic appears at number 98 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011.
Regrettably the copy accompanying Andrej’s online entry wasn’t subbed prior to going live. Once we realized, we removed it immediately and apologized for any offense caused.
FHM has spoken to the individual concerned and taken steps to ensure this can never happen again.