The Washington Post’s Style Blog featured an article last week about one of the world’s top androgynous models, Andrej Pajic. He is one of the top paid and most sought after female models in the world, and he models for men’s clothing as well. The article reveals ten things about him that spark curiosity in the readers. The two I am going to focus on are that he is not transgendered; he is a man and has no plans for changing that. Secondly, he was voted the 98th sexiest women in the world by FHM.
In class we talked about humans being unique because they are the only part of creation that is made in the image of God and therefore have intrinsic value and worth. In fact, God loved the people He made so much that He sent His only son to die so they could be redeemed according to John 3:16. Our culture screams that women in the fashion magazines are the ideal of beauty-perfect creatures that everyone should strive to look like. Our society defines beauty as thin, symmetrical, and tall, which is unrealistic for most people. Then it tells people to find their value and identity in their physical appearance. Not only is this message a direct contrast to the Bible, it is completely unrealistic and nearing the verge of almost humorous. The aesthetic ideal for women in our culture is to look like a tall, underweight man. When did that become the picture of perfection?
1 Samuel 16:7 says that man looks on the physical appearance, but God looks at our hearts. Our identity should not be in how we look, but in who we are. Having said that, Genesis 1:27 makes it clear that God made man and women as distinct creatures, male and female which are different. Pejic blurs this line which I believe God did not intend to be blurred based on Deuteronomy 22:5. Psalm 139:13-16 explains how each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. God made us just the way He wanted us. He made our noses round, crooked, or large on purpose, and our hair as straight or curly as He desired it to be. We should praise God for making us just as He did, and not attempt to dangerously alter ourselves in pursuits of unrealistic thinness and beauty. Let’s stop allowing society to define beauty based on appearance and start letting others see the beauty that lies within.