Playboy will feature its first fully nude transgender playmate in the upcoming November issue following Playboy Mansion’s Hugh Hefner’s passing.
Ines Rau, 26, has posed for Playboy before but never as an official transgender, according to Playboy on Wednesday. The French model appeared in Playboy’s 2014 May issue and has also been featured by other renowned fashion brands like Italian Vogue.
He didn’t identify as a transgender for a long time but then decided to embrace his identity, Rau said. “I lived a long time without saying I was transgender … Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are,” he said.
“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.”
Some magazine readers aren’t happy about the upcoming feature however. “When I open a Playboy, I expect to see women, not some guy who identifies as a woman, or some former male who has had the surgery to become female,” wrote one reader on the Playboy’s Facebook page.
“And there goes playboy…right down the shitter,” another commented. “Playmate Nov 2017 proving men can beat women at even being attractive,” wrote a third.
Parents are also expressing concern about what their kids might think of the magazine spread. “I just don’t want my kids confused,” wrote a mother on Facebook. “It’s also a parent’s responsibility to guide and teach their kids at an early age… Males have male parts and females have female parts! Sorry!”
Caroline Cossey, also known as “Tula” posed for Playboy in 1981, a year after which it was discovered Cossey was born male. She posed for the magazine again in 1991.
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