The November issue of Playboy will feature the magazine's first transgender playmate.
Playboy said in its announcement...
To the astute playboy reader, and to anyone who keeps tabs on the fashion world, Ines Rau may look familiar. Ines has graced these pages before: Our May 2014 issue came with playboy a-z, a special edition that had an extra special significance for the French-born model. Photographed fully nude by Ryan McGinley, Ines dominates a spread titled Evolution; the accompanying copy surveys humanity’s halting shift toward acceptance of gender identities beyond the male-female binary. For Ines, the story was a turning point.
“It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” she says, revisiting the Rabbit three years later. “I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency.”
Fashion chops aside, Ines is a hippie, a tomboy and a party girl—but no matter her mood, feeling sexy is a permanent state of mind. “I love to be sexy, but sexy is an attitude. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say it, but I really feel sexy all the time!” Just as important, she’s a tenacious advocate with no shortage of causes. “I will always fight for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights,” she says, “but above everything else, my cause is the environment. Nothing touches me more than fighting against global warming. I was made to fight for the planet—the forest, the animals, the air. If I get famous, that’s my first battle.”
In the past, Playboy has remained popular by playing off of men's fantasies; it remains to be seen how the decision to feature a transgender playmate will affect the magazine's subscription numbers. So far, many readers don't seem thrilled...
The magazine's move comes only weeks after the death of Hugh Hefner, the magazine's founder. The November issue celebrates Hefner's life on its cover.
Playboy has struggled to keep its subscription numbers up during recent years. After its leadership decided to stop publishing nude photos in 2016, subscription sales fell 23 percent. Eventually the magazine flip-flopped on that decision when it became clear the move was hurting the business.
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