Arts & Entertainment | October 19, 2017 3:25 pm

Playboy Will Feature First-Ever Transgender Playmate in November Issue

The magazine — once 'Entertainment for Men' — is now 'Entertainment for All.'

French model Ines Rau will make history as Playboy magazine’s first transgender Playmate in its 64-year history this November, according to its website.

“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,” the 26-year-old French model, who identifies as female, told the magazine in an interview. “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. 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.”


This actually isn’t the first time Rau has appeared in the magazine. Featured in a May 2014 issue by photographer Ryan McGinley, Rau has since modeled for top designers including Balmain, as well as appearing in Vogue Italia and W magazine. But Rau says that being the first transgender Playmate soars above her other accomplishments.

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“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” Rau told Playboy. “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.”

On Wednesday, Cooper Hefner, the son of the late founder and the magazine’s current editor in chief, tweeted out a message of acceptance.