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Ines Rau Is 1st Transgender Playboy Playmate to Grace Centerfold

Ines Rau Is 1st Transgender Playboy Playmate to Grace Centerfold
Ines Rau attends the AREA fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Hotel Wolcott Ballroom on Feb. 11, 2017, in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 20 October 2017 10:25 AM

Ines Rau, a French model, will be the first transgender playmate in Playboy magazine, appearing in the November/December issue.

Rau appeared nude in the magazine in 2014, but this time will be the prestigious centerfold playmate model in the issue that also will feature a lengthy tribute to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died in September.

“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” Rau said in a Playboy interview. “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 also said she was glad to see Playboy go back to featuring nude models.

“Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It’s not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or female,” she said.

The issue also makes history by featuring Hefner, a man, on the cover for the first time.

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

Twitter had plenty to say about Playboy's centerfold choice.

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