Playboy has been making history with it’s November/December 2017 issue. First, by having Hugh Hefner as its first solo male cover feature, and now welcoming it’s first openly transgendered Playmate.
Playboy introduced it’s new Playmate French high-fashion model Ines Rau, in a centerfold and pictorial within the issue.
The 26-year-old French model wears a white bra with matching lace panties and a pair of white sneakers, in a photo by Derek Kettela.
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“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” she said in the an 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.”
Raus, who dominates the runways and has already appeared in Vogue Italia and has done a Balmain campaign.
She has previously posed nude for the magazines May 2014 “A-Z Issue,” in a spread called “Evolution.” The spread addressed societies’ shift in accepting gender identities which go beyond the male-female binary.
The story was a turning point for Rau: “It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” she said, looking back. “I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency.”
But being able to accept herself was no easy feat.
“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,” Rau explained. “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.”
“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,” Rau added. “I don’t know how to explain it. A little voice was telling me, ‘You’ll see. Patience.’ ”
Now the French model has the confidence to overcome any obstacle and live her truth.
“People have said that being transgender goes against the laws of nature, but they’re the same people who aren’t doing anything to help nature,” she said. “If I want to get a sex change, it’s between myself and my body. I could hide it, but I don’t, because I respect people.”
Rau encourages others to be themselves, and embrace who they are and the decisions they make for themselves.
“I’m an advocate for anyone who is scared to be who they really are because they fear being judged or rejected. They should be empowered by their differences and not be who society tells them to be,” she said. “…The advice I have for girls is to chill. Don’t pressure yourself. Embrace yourself and be proud of who you are with your imperfections. It’s all in the mind, you know?”
So whats’s it like for Rau on the dating front? Well according to her “energy is everything.”
“I like original guys who are more sensitive, or guys who are very secure but not domineering—straightaway confident but in a sophisticated way. I like well-mannered gentlemen. And I’m very susceptible to American charm,” she said. “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!”
The November/December 2017 issue hits newsstands Oct. 31, but is now available for download at Playboy.com.
[via Entertainment Weekly]