By: Kevin Gray
When the November/December issue of Playboy Magazine hits newsstands (if those still exists) on October 31st, it will be a historic one. That is because it will mark the first time Playboy has chosen a transgender model as a playmate. Ines Rau, an openly transgender French model, will have the honor of being Ms. November 2017.
While Ines won't be the first transgender model to pose nude for Playboy, the magazine featured supermodel Caroline “Tula” Cossey, who was born a man but not openly transgender, on their 1990 cover, she will be the first to be an actual playmate. As for Cossey, she has been featured twice in the magazine as she was asked to pose again a few years after her original shoot.
While it seems like many people are congratulating Playboy for being inclusive, the move is being met with a lot of backlash on social media. Despite the negativity from some, Rau seems more than delighted by the honor and how things turned out.
“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” Rau said to the mag. “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.”
The magazine hits stores on October 31 and the magazine’s cover will pay homage to founder Hugh Hefner, who passed away in September.