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Meet the Fashion World's Breakout Star, Model Andrej Pejic

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At the Jeremy Scott fashion show at New York’s Milk Studios on Wednesday, model Andrej Pejic glided down the runway in a summery pink ensemble, blond waves flowing as the cameras clicked. And though Pejic looked just like every other girl on the catwalk, the up-and-comer is actually a male, able to work both sides of the fashion industry thanks to his striking, androgynous look.

Pejic, the subject of a recent New York magazine profile, was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but spent most of his youth in Australia. “I was scouted in Australia,” he told PEOPLE backstage at the Jeremy Scott show, adding that he considers the country his home.

After signing with Storm Models, his career took off: he walked in runway shows for John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paul Smith, appeared in French and Italian Vogue and in 2011, signed on as the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs. “It’s good, I think,” he said of his meteoritic rise in the modeling world, which is reportedly leading to movie offers. “We’ll see what happens.”

In addition to walking for Scott — “Always fun, I love Jeremy’s work,” he said — Pejic hit the runway for Malan Breton and Custo Barcelona during Fashion Week. “Opening the show for Custo Barcelona,” was the highlight, he said.

And while Pejic has found much success in the world of womenswear, he would like to expand his reach. “I’d prefer to be established in menswear,” he said. But that doesn’t mean he’s not proud of what he’s accomplished so far. “I don’t know if I’m changing the world,” he added. “But I’m definitely trying something new in fashion. It creates awareness, spreads awareness and I’ve seen people smiling.”

See more of Pejic in PEOPLE’s Best Dressed issue, on newsstands Friday.

–Jeffrey Slonim