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French model Ines Rau is Playboy’s first transgender Playmate

The Parisian beauty breaks new ground.


Danielle Ransom


Posted on Oct 18, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:55 pm CDT

Playboy has named French model Ines Rau as the face of its upcoming 2017 November/December issue—it’s the publication’s first transgender Playmate in its 64-year history.

Ines Rau is the first transgender model to be officially named a Playmate, although she isn’t the first transgender model to appear in the publication.

The French model first appeared in the magazine in 2014 for a special edition photo spread she credits as her official coming-out moment, and leading to her getting signed as a professional model.

“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,” the 26-year-old model told Playboy. “Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are. It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever.”

Rau first broke out on the scene as a dancer for DJs before pursuing a modeling career that has now shifted to encompass film and television work. Some of her latest work includes appearances in Vogue, W magazine, and walking the runway for Balmain’s 2017 Fall/Winter show, according to her profile on

The Parisian will be a part of the publication’s final magazine of the year that will include a 100-plus page tribute to the late Hugh Hefner.


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*First Published: Oct 18, 2017, 7:54 pm CDT