Playboy is featuring its first ever transgender Playmate as model Ines Rau bares breasts and wears nothing but a pair of heels in November centerfold.
The upcoming issue of ‘Playboy’ will feature a transgender model as the Playmate of the month – the first time this has ever occurred inside the pages of the men’s magazine.
- Ines Rau is the Playmate of the month for November 2017, making the French model the first transgender to appear in the magazine’s centerfold
- Rau, 26, bares his breasts in the 8-page spread and for the centerfold is completely naked except for a pair of red velvet heels as he lies on the ground
- He began transitioning when she was 16 and had gender reassignment surgery soon after
- ‘I lived a long time without saying I was transgender. I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend,’ said Rau of coming out
- Rau has previously walked the runway for the likes of Balmain and Hood by Air and recently shot a video for ‘Vogue’
- This is not his first time in ‘Playboy’ however, with Rau previously appearing nude in a 2014 spread shot by Ryan McGinley
It was revealed just this week that transgender model Ines Rau had landed the coveted spot in the magazine’s much-coveted centerfold, with Rau receiving the title of November 2017 Playmate of the Month.
Rau is seen in the iconic bunny ears and a white angora sweater in one image and topless with lights wrapped around his bare breasts in another.
Authors note: No amount of money, surgery, or makeup will change the fact that this is a dude.
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The 8-page spread, plus pullout centerfold, features a total of seven pictures of Rau.
And for the November Playmate of the month, Rau is photographed completely naked except for a pair of red velvet heels as he lies on the ground, thus covering up everything except for his bum.
This is not his first time in ‘Playboy’ however, with Rau previously appearing nude in a 2014 spread shot by Ryan McGinley that led to him pursuing a modeling career.
The 26-year-old has since walked the runway for the likes of Balmain and Hood by Air and recently shot a video for ‘Vogue.’
Rau began transitioning with hormonal treatments when he was 16 and had reassignment surgery shortly after that time.
‘I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,’ Rau said in the pages of the magazine.
‘I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird. Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are.’
Rau continued: ‘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.’
Rau then poignantly noted: ‘It’s not about being loved by others: it’s about loving yourself.’
Rau also talked about his journey of self-discovery in the magazine as well, which features late founder Hugh Hefner on the cover this month.
‘When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,’ said the model.
‘And now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness. I thought, Am I really going to be a Playmate—me?
‘It’s the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received. It’s like getting a giant bouquet of roses.’
Rau went on to discuss the idea of femininity as it applies to women.
‘Being a woman doesn’t mean being extremely feminine all the time,’ said Rau at one point in the interview.
‘Being a woman is just being a woman.’
He later added: ‘I always knew from within, when I was a little kid in my room in the ghetto, that a beautiful destiny was waiting for me.
‘I don’t know how to explain it. A little voice was telling me, “You’ll see. Patience.”‘
He is now juggling a hectic career that has his travelling from Paris to Los Angeles with his modelling career taking off in recent years he said.
Rau also revealed his ‘big plans’ for the future, having just finished shooting his first film and recently signing a book deal.
‘I love to be sexy, but sexy is an attitude. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say it, but I really feel sexy all the time!’ explained Rau.
He also talked about the causes that he champions, which go beyond the ones that many might expect of a transgender person.
‘I will always fight for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights, but above everything else, my cause is the environment,’ said Rau.
‘Nothing touches me more than fighting against global warming. I was made to fight for the planet—the forest, the animals, the air. If I get famous, that’s my first battle.’
Rau was the first transgender to ever appear in ‘Playboy’ back when he landed that first spread in 2014.
He is part of a growing list of transgender models working in the industry, including Gucci muse Hari Nef and Australian stunner Andreja Pejic.
Rau and Pejic are close friends.
Teddy Quinlivan also revealed that he was transgender during New York Fashion Week last month.
It was a surprising admission from the 23-year-old model, who has publicly presented himself as ‘cisgender’ until this point.
‘I remember living my whole life as male, but feeling like I was playing a part,’ said Teddy in a video posted on her social media accounts.
‘I always knew I was female like just in my soul, in my heart in my brain. I kind of knew I had to pretend to be male to appease like everybody else.’
He then added: ‘At one point, I just stopped giving a f***.’