For the first issue post the demise of its iconic founder Hugh Hefner, Playboy has roped in Ines Rau for its November 2017 playmate. On the magazine’s photo spread, the 26-year-old French transgender model sports Playboy’s signature bunny ears, fluffy sweaters and then bares it all. Sexy playmate, indeed!
Being a woman is just being a woman.
In an excerpt from the article, Rau opens up about her journey so far—living life as a transgender woman. In a way, Playboy fashionably evokes Hefner’s early advocacy for the LBGTQ community. Rau shares, “Nudity is a celebration of the human body without all the excess.”
Take a look at the truly appealing photo shoot brilliantly executed by international cinematographer Derek Kettela.
What a Queen!
Rau first appeared in Playboy in 2014, in a special May issue that focused on gender as non-binary. Today, she has returned on the centrestage with an even louder bang. Fans took to social media to laud the magazine’s inclusive move, some even calling Rau a queen.
64 years after its inception, Playboy makes it a point to bold those moments in history where Hefner openly stood for this community. Recognising Rau as its first transgender playmate is, in a way, a fashion statement on another wholly different level.
Rau is going all black in this cute tailed dungaree and bunny ears. Make-up artist Valery Gherman has kept every tone to minimum for the perfect balance. Other transgender models that have previously featured in the magazine include Bond girl Caroline Cossey in 1981.
The November playmate is all about embracing nudity and celebrating the nature of being. “Its’ not about sexuality,” said Rau, “but the beauty of the human body, whether male or female.”
This November, Playboy is celebrating Hefner in a forthcoming 100+ page special tribute. The November/December issue is a prelude to this dedication to the iconic founder, the man who changed the world with his visionary magazine and company.