PlayBoy magazine, known for its breaking of barriers, is set to feature its first ever transgender playmate as the centerfold of the magazine's 64th year of publication.
The decision, made by the top executive of the magazine, Cooper Hefner, was implemented to appropriate the mission of changing ideas about sex.
The model to appear on the cover is French beauty, Ines Rau, who has previously appeared in other prestigious magazines such as American Vogue and Italian Vogue as well as a Balmain campaign. Despite her success, she cried from happiness when she found out she would be on the front cover of PlayBoy this November.
"It was a compliment like I've never had," Ms. Rau expressed. "I've had a lot of compliments from gentlemen before, but this made me feel very special, beautiful and feminine. I was speechless."
PlayBoy's chief creative officer stated it was only fitting to have Rau on the cover, seeing society is undergoing a revolution where gender roles are evolving.
However, PlayBoy's latest cover girl is not the first transgender playmate to feature in the pages of the magazine. In the Semester 1991 issue, Caroline "Tula" Cossey posed for the magazine.
"I think PlayBoy always embraced women's freedom and beauty. It empowers women in nudity, which is the most simple and beautiful way to empower women," Rau says.
When asked about her PlayBoy opportunity, Rau revealed, "I was thinking about being this little lonely boy in the ghetto, in the shadows in my room. And now I'm in Los Angeles shooting PlayBoy looking so beautiful, feeling so amazing. I cried of happiness."
Image credits: Daily Wire, Billboard, PlayBoy via Daily Mail