There are always two sides to every story. In this instance, however, there are actually four sides to every story. Blogger and Future Tech Lab creator Miroslava Duma uploaded a photo from a fashion show invitation she received from Ulyana Sergeenko to her Instagram Tuesday. The industry went wild. Sergeenko called Duma the “N-word” using lyrics from Kanye-JayZ’s song “N ****s Paris”. The receipts were openly visible and it was obvious that the consensus was: what? Duma’s past was exposed after Sergeenko made a statement and then deleted it. Blogger Bryanboy and Andreja Pejic, a model, were also involved.
The video has been republished by industry leaders. Duma calls BryanBoy “weird” while misgendering Pejic twice. Both must be censored, and they will not be featured on her Buro247 fashion and lifestyle website. After backlash from the industry including Bryanboy who claimed to have been shocked by the video, and reminded his follower’s racism is not cool, Duma issued statements via her Instagram. She has 1.6 million followers at the time of publication and both posts have disabled comments.
Pejic responded to the news by posting a photo and a response. It’s the best of all four. She wrote that although she has never been the girl who can do every campaign or walk on every show, “I’m glad that I’ve had some pretty special moments in this industry — some of which have challenged outdated gender views and some that have spilled over into popular culture.” She acknowledged that she had seen the video, and heard the negative comments made about Bryanboy and herself. Instead of dwelling on the obvious ignorance, I realized the stark contrast between our current business and 2012, the year [sic] that was shown in the video.
Pejic went on to recount the love and acceptance that she has received from the industry, regardless of her gender. This has led to many fashion firsts and achievements for transgender models and influencers. She’s grateful she was able to stay. We hope Duma, like Pejic, has learned from her mistakes. This is especially important in an industry that provides a safe place for those who have been marginalized by society and are told that being different doesn’t make it cool. Pejic says it is important to keep moving forward.