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I was born in 1994 as Petr. I knew that I am a girl since day ONE. I was born into a really good family, so when I was a little kid, my parents respected that I am different than other boys. I used to wear a towel on my head, pretending I have a long hair anytime. I was asking my mom to give me her makeup every day, and my grandma used to provide me with her high heels pretty often. My parents got divorced when I was five, so I grew up only with my mom, and I would say it was a really good childhood. My mom was okay with that fact I was doing my makeup and using her nail polish anytime I could. Only at school, I was trying to look like a boy. But I was feminine. I didn't play with the boys. I loved being with girls and playing with their hair. I think when I was seven, my mom told me about sex change. So I knew that one day, I would become a girl. Later at school, I found out that I like boys. I think I was more feminine than other girls. Since the age of 15, I started to look more like a girl. I have a feminine face, I am skinny, and my voice is feminine, so people always thought I am a girl. I started to travel a lot with my best friend, Martina. We used to work in South Carolina as beach workers. We earned enough money to move to Australia to start studying Cambridge English school in Perth. In Australia, I met photographer Bharathan Kangatheran, we began to do photo shoots together, and after a month, my pictures were published in one Irish fashion magazine. They called my androgynous model from The Czech Republic because I was a boy, but I looked like a girl. Then I came back home to my country, and the media started to call me "first androgynous model from Central Europe. I had to attend many Tv shows in Czech and Slovakia. It was in 2016, and it was something new for those two countries. One day I met online a designer Alexandra Blanc. She invited me to Cape town for her fashion show at Fashion Week. So in July 2016, I become the first ever androgynous model on the African continent. I was in media there, so another designer- Roman Handt from Johannesburg asked me to come and make a fashion video for his brand. He told me that I should call myself a "gender-neutral model." I knew that I am a girl inside, but I didn't want to have the sex change, because I was scared that as a girl, I can lose my model career. In 2017 I became the first ever gender-neutral model in India. And after that, I realized that this is the right time to start my transition. I visited a sexuologist and started with hormonal therapy. You know, being a transgender in the Czech Republic is great. Because trans people here are considered "sick." So it means that your "healing process" has to be paid by the insurance and government. That's why the whole sex change is free and easy. The year on the hormonal therapy is free, and free is also the operation. So since June 2017, when I started with hormones, I became the first ever transgender model in my country, in Romania, Slovenia even in Slovakia. They call me a transgender model now, so I feel so much better because it's "me" now.
Peta, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Model?
I love doing things differently. I love helping other young transgenders by telling my story. And modeling helps me a lot at it.
Who is your inspiration in life Peta? How do you stay inspired as a Model?
Other people's life stories are my biggest inspiration. I love traveling the world because of modeling. It gives me the opportunity to share my stories with other young trans people. I like inspiring them, giving them some support.
We all make mistakes Peta; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
No. I love my past mistakes. They gave me so much power. Without my mistakes, I would not have been so happy and complete as I am now.
Peta, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
always professional, kind, and pleasant, sometimes annoying if I am too hungry. :D
Please tell us, Peta, how do you prioritize work, social life, friends, and family?
My work has always been number one for me. My boyfriend and my family respect it. But of course, I am trying my best to be with them as much as I can.
Peta, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I would always say when I am doing a fashion week.:)
Peta, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
Before I started my hormonal therapy, I became the first gender-neutral in India. I was in the Indian media much so people in the street could recognize me. And many of them we asking me for a kiss on forehead just to be blessed.
Peta, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I need to be always creative because things on me have been changing a lot. I started as a boy than as an androgynous model, gender neutral, and now I am almost a girl. I am a transgender model now, so I am always worried if people still like the way how I do the things. I always try to be creative with my work when I am in a new country.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Just do things differently. Be unique and do not have any role model. Be your role model.