Men's magazine Playboy has featured its first ever transgender "playmate" centerfold in its November issue, a move which the model hopes will pave the way for “all women — trans or otherwise — in fashion and other sectors.”
Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy and has previously worked with Balmain and Vogue Italia, is the first transgender model to appear as a centerfold in the magazine’s 64-year history.
“Every woman’s beauty deserves to be celebrated,” Rau, 26, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in her first interview to the media about the feature. “No one deserves to be a woman more than those [trans women] who routinely suffer abuse and are treated like they’re less than nothing.”
The Playboy feature comes as transgender models are becoming increasingly visible in fashion brands and media. In March the French edition of Vogue featured a transgender model for the first time on its cover, as did Marie Claire Spain in 2016. Read more via NBC