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Ines Rau Is the First Transgender Woman to Become a 'Playboy' Playmate

Breaking the mold.

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Ines Rau Is the First Transgender Woman to Become a 'Playboy' Playmate

Breaking the mold.

Playboy has chosen French model Ines Rau as its 2017 November Playmate. 26-year-old Rau is the first transgender woman to receive the role in the magazine’s 64-year history. Copper Hefner, son of Hugh Hefner and magazine executive, shared his thoughts behind this historic moment: “It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving.”

Rau has appeared in American Vogue, Italian Vogue and a handful of Balmain campaigns. Despite her glowing career, she marks this moment as one her happiest. While most people celebrated this achievement there was also a backlash from longtime fans of the publication. “I would have never thought about people being so transphobic. It makes me even more proud and happy to have done that, because we need to make a mentality change,” Rau responds to the Internet hate.

Take a look at her centerfold imagery above and be sure to grab a copy of the November issue on magazine stands now.

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