Playboy Has Unveiled Its First Ever Transgender Playmate
Playboy readers looking back on the life of Hugh Hefner will find a tribute to the late magazine founder's openness toward LGBT rights in the upcoming edition.
While honouring Hefner (who is on this month's cover), who died on September 27, the inside of magazine will showcase French model Ines Rau as the first transgender playmate.
The November/December issue of the magazine represents a breakthrough moment for the transgender community.
"The importance of being in a publication like Playboy is, that it's a big step towards acceptance," said Tur, but cautioned that a partially nude photo is "demeaning and it is sexist and it plays into the stereotype".
It's not the first time the 26-year-old model of north African descent has appeared in the magazine.
Ines was previously featured in a special edition of the May 2014 issue.
Since then she has been on an upswing.
In an interview published by Playboy last week, Rau said that participating in that spread had changed her life.
“I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency,” she said. “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.”
She has starred in a campaign for the French fashion house Balmain, in couture fashion shows and in Vogue Italia.
She is also branching out beyond the modelling industry.