Playboy Unveils First-ever Transgender Playmate (But The Late Mr Hefner Lands The Cover)

Playboy Unveils First-ever Transgender Playmate (But The Late Mr Hefner Lands The Cover)
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It’s been a confusing time for stalwart men’s magazine Playboy in recent years, coupled with the death of its founder Hugh Hefner in late September.

After a significant relaunch in February last year the magazine’s publishers declared it would no longer feature its famous nude centrefolds. However, that turned out to be publishing suicide and a year later the boobs were reinstated.

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And in its latest ploy to tell the world the ageing title is new, millennial and bloody well modern, comes the November/December edition featuring the magazine’s first-ever transgender Playmate, 26-year-old Ines Rau. However, she doesn’t bag the cover, that honour going to its recently departed founding father.

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In fact, Rau has been in Playboy before, however, only was as a model. However, this time she wears the coveted Playmate tag (whatever that actually means.)

Rau is a model who has appeared in Vogue Italia and featured in a fashion campaign for label Balman and in her accompanying interview tells Playboy she is a strident campaigner for LGBTQ rights.

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“I’m an advocate for anyone who is scared to be who they really are because they fear being judged or rejected,” she said. You can read the interview in full here.

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“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,” she said. “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.”

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