04 Feb / Andreja Pejic – W Magazine – 26 January 2018
Andreja Pejic Responds To Miroslava Duma’s Transphobic Rant
They say there are two sides to every story. But in this case, there are four. When blogger and Future Tech Lab founder Miroslava Duma posted a photo of a fashion show invitation from her friend and designer Ulyana Sergeenko to her Instagram Tuesday, the industry went berserk. Not for any other reason than the fact that Sergeenko called Duma the N word, using lyrics from the Kanye-Jay-Z anthem “N****s in Paris.” The receipts were in full view and the consensus was clear: Wait… what? After Sergeenko released a statement, and then deleted it, more controversy was unearthed from Duma’s past. This time, blogger Bryanboy and model Andreja Pejic were dragged into it.
In the video, which has been reposted by several industry figures, Duma calls BryanBoy “weird” and misgenders Pejic not once, but twice. She continues to explain that both need to be censored and would not be featured on her fashion and lifestyle site, Buro 247. Following backlash from the industry, including Bryanboy, in which he claimed to be shocked by the video and reminded his followers that racism and bigotry is not cool, Duma released statements via her Instagram to address both controversies. At the time of publishing, she has 1.6 million followers and disabled comments on both posts.
After processing the news, Pejic posted a photo and response of her own. And, out of all four, it’s the best yet. “I’ve never been the girl to do every campaign or walk every show, but I’m happy that I’ve had some pretty unique moments in this industry — a few of which have challenged the dominant paradigm, outdated views of gender, and a few that have even spilled over into pop culture,” she wrote. After acknowledging that she’d seen the video and heard the hurtful comments about herself and Bryanboy, she continued: “I won’t say it wasn’t hurtful. However instead of focusing on this blatant ignorance, I couldn’t help but realize the contrast between the state of our business today in comparison to 2012, the yr [sic] of this video.”