Playboy will make history with its November/December 2017 issue

Caroline Cossey, Playboy’s first openly trans cover star, thanked Hugh Hefner for providing a “platform that helped [her] campaign for trans rights and visibility.” A few weeks later, Playboy is making history again with the magazine’s first transgender playmate, 26-year-old French model Ines Rau.

The November/December 2017 issue will also pay special tribute to Hugh Hefner, who passed away a few weeks ago at 91. Rau appeared before in the magazine in 2014 and, this time, Complex says, gets “full playmate treatment, with a pictorial and centerfold all to herself.”

In the interview accompanying her photoshoot, Rau said she did not identify as transgender for quite some time. “It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever,” Rau said. “The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself.”

Playboy is just one of several big names Rau has been connected to. She’s appeared in a Balmain campaign and in Vogue Italia, and, according to Dazed, she has also signed a book deal and will be appearing in a movie soon.

“It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever,” Rau continued. “The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself. Being a woman is just being a woman.”

 

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