Playboy Announces Its First Transgender Playmate

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"In honour of Hugh M Hefner, our November/December issue celebrates the life of an American icon", the magazine wrote on Instagram, alongside the cover image.

Bond girl Caroline "Tula" Cossey was the first transgender model to pose for Playboy in 1981, although at the time she wasn't out.

"I dated a lot and nearly forgot".

"It's a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it's your gender, sexuality, whatever", Rau said in the interview.

"I'm an advocate for anyone who is scared to be who they really are because they fear being judged or rejected", says Rau. "But if I can help others to love themselves then it's worth it".

Even before the Playboy appearance, Rau was a successful fashion model, according to The Independent.

"Rau hails from Paris and is a successful fashion model, fronting campaigns for Balmain, appearing in Vogue Italia and commanding the catwalk at fashion weeks across the globe", the site reports.

November's issue will pay tribute to the magazine's founder, Hugh Hefner, who died in September.

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The model acknowledged the magnitude of being asked to model for Playboy and takes her opportunity with the magazine as a compliment.

He "told me he was very proud of me", Rau told Reuters.

Rau said in the Playboy announcement, "It's how I celebrated my coming out, actually". "Now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness".

"I really don't think that I am a Neanderthal for having this view, and most men that I know feel the same". Rau asked. "It's the most attractive compliment I've ever received. It's like getting a giant bouquet of roses".

But for Rau, who has heard her fair share of transphobic comments, adds her body shouldn't be anyone else's business.

The publication features Playmates in their monthly issues' centerfold pictures. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess.

One commenter said: "When I open a Playboy, I expect to see women, not some guy who identifies as a woman, or some former male who has had the surgery to become female".

She also has a book deal and finished shooting a film.

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