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MAKING HISTORY: Model Ines Rau Becomes ‘Playboy’ Magazine’s First Transgender Playmate

By Teonny Spears / Published on Friday, 20 Oct 2017 00:46 AM / No Comments

Hugh Hefner was one of the first public figures to fight for LGBT rights and a month after his death it’s only befitting to honor his work in a special way. It was announced that Playboy is making history with their November/December 2017 issue as it features their first openly transgender Playmate, Ines Rau!

Photographed by photographer Derek Kettela, the 26-year-old French model opened up about her struggles as a child:


“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood. 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.”

When speaking about selecting Ines, Cooper Hefner, who is now running the company, stated:

“She very much speaks to the brand’s philosophy. It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving. This is really a moment for us to take a step back and say that so much of what the brand stood for in the early years is very much still alive in culture.”

Take a look at some of Ines’ photos from her shoot below:

About Teonny Spears

26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & introducing readers to new and rising talent. Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.
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