Playboy features first-ever transgender playmate in latest issue

Playboy features first ever transgender playmate in latest issue

Ines Rau is featured in Playboy

Friday, October 20, 2017

Playboy has featured its first-ever transgender playmate in the latest issue of the magazine.

The November/December 2017 issue includes Ines Rau who is posing fully nude in the photos, according to The Independent.

Although Rau has been included in the magazine before, this is the first time she's been included as an official playmate. This gives the 26-year-old a full pictorial as well as the centrefold.

Previously she was featured in the May 2014 issue, which was a special edition celebrating the understanding of gender being non-binary.

She told Playboy: “It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever. The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself.”

Rau is a fashion model that has appeared in campaigns for Vogue Italia and Balmain, and she also walked the catwalk across the world. She has also just accepted a book deal and has been involved in a film.

However some have criticised the decision to include Rau. One said on Facebook: “When I open a Playboy, I expect to see women, not some guy who identifies as a woman, or some former male who has had the surgery to become female."

This November/December 2017 issue is also the first to be published since founder Hugh Hefner passed away and the issue includes a tribute to his life.

The first ever transgender model to be seen in the magazine was Caroline “Tula” Cossey in 1981, but the fact she was born as a male was not revealed until a year later.