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French model Ines Rau is Playboy’s first transgender Playmate

The Parisian beauty breaks new ground.


Danielle Ransom


Published Oct 18, 2017

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