Ines Rau Will Be the First Transgender Playmate and We’re Already Obsessed
History has just been made at Playboy! The magazine announced that it would feature the first transgender Playmate as the November 2017 centerfold, and we are now officially obsessed with her! Ines Rau is a 26-year-old from France, and she recently relocated to NYC.
Playboy revealed the exciting news on their Instagram, along with a photo of Ines rocking white lingerie and sneakers while showing off her amazing booty. "Nudity shouldn’t be taboo," she said. "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."
The photos were shot by photographer David Kettela, who shared yet another image on his own Insta. That one shows the model as a classic Playboy bunny, wearing a slick black dress, black ears, and a fluffy white tail while covering her breasts with her hands.
"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender," Ines explains in her interview with the mag. "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."
Ines wants to support not just trans women, but all women. “Being a woman doesn’t mean being extremely feminine all the time,” she states. “Being a woman is just being a woman.” She's also all about following your dreams, and hers are huge! After "living in the ghetto" and becoming a dancer in Ibiza, she had aspirations of becoming an action star, and already has a short film and book on the way. “I always knew from within, that a beautiful destiny was waiting for me,” she says. “I don’t know how to explain it. A little voice was telling me, ‘You’ll see. Patience.’ ”
The brunette beauty was the perfect choice for this monumental step. She actually launched her career by posing for Playboy in 2014 (though not as a Playmate), very soon after coming out as trans. The feature was called "Evolution," and was all about "humanity's halting shift toward acceptance of gender identities beyond the male-female binary." We're sure her November shoot will continue to push boundaries!