Playboy revealed today that French model Ines Rau is their November 2017 Playmate.
She is Playboy‘s first ever transgender Playmate.
— Playboy (@Playboy) October 18, 2017
In the flesh, Ines has a presence you can feel before you lay eyes on her. “Being a woman doesn’t mean being extremely feminine all the time,” she declares, her voice a seductive Parisian rasp. “Being a woman is just being a woman.” She’s more petite than her sculpted bone structure and dagger-sharp cheekbones might suggest, but she has the poise of one who has seen the worst and the best life has to offer. “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,” she says. “I don’t know how to explain it. A little voice was telling me, ‘You’ll see. Patience.’ ”
… Ines is a hippie, a tomboy and a party girl—but no matter her mood, feeling sexy is a permanent state of mind. “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!” Just as important, she’s a tenacious advocate with no shortage of causes. “I will always fight for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights,” she says, “but above everything else, my cause is the environment. Nothing touches me more than fighting against global warming. I was made to fight for the planet—the forest, the animals, the air. If I get famous, that’s my first battle.”
For now, Ines can pause to appreciate the circularity of life. “When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” she says. “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.”
Of course, not to be too nitpicky… but… although Ines is technically Playboy’s first PLAYMATE, the magazine famously did nude spreads with trans model/Bond girl Caroline “Tula” Cossey, who appeared in two separate Playboy pictorials way back in 1981 and 1991, respectively.
So, yay Ines, but let’s give Tula her due. Read her story here. (Check her out, below)