There’s no denying that Playboy‘s playmates are absolutely gorgeous. Their latest centerfold, Ines Rau, is no exception. Rau makes history as the magazine’s first transgender Playmate, looking lovely in a shoot by Derek Kettela. If Rau looks familiar, you may have seen her in the pages of Vogue Italia, walking down the runway for New York Fashion Week or fronting a Balmain campaign. You might even remember her first Playboy appearance in May 2014.
Naturally, the internet had mixed feelings about November’s Playmate, with the ignorant putting their bigotry on full display. Luckily, her supporters put that hate on blast.
— loirin lancaster (@LoirinLancaster) October 20, 2017
Quick lil Ines Rau appreciation post 💖 Hef chose her b4 he died and she was in Playboy in ‘14. Sorry ur boner is making u uncomfortable ✌️ pic.twitter.com/OmnJN9cZbQ
— skellyton 💀🎃 (@notkellymo) October 19, 2017
Playboy themselves shut it down too.
Standing on the right side of history. pic.twitter.com/i9ySJ4yBrL
— Playboy (@Playboy) October 19, 2017
Though Rau was the first trans Playmate, she isn’t the first transgendered model to grace the pages of the magazine. Caroline Cossey (a.k.a Tula) was the first in 1991. She talks of her support from Hugh Hefner, when she was outed as trans and no other publications were willing to work with her. “Mr. Hefner once said that life is too short to be living someone else’s dream and I think it spoke loudly of how respectful he was of the individuality of others,” Cossey said to The Huffington Post. “He certainly was with me.”
— Caroline Cossey (@Caroline_Cossey) October 20, 2017
“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. If I want to get a sex change, it’s between myself and my body.” Rau said. But she hasn’t always felt this way.
“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender. 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.”