Ines Rau has become the first openly transgender Playmate in Playboy magazine’s 64-year history. While Rau previously appeared in a May 2014 issue, the French model will grace the coveted centerfold spot in the November/December issue, a special 100-page tribute to the late Hugh Hefner.
“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” Rau recalls. “And now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness. I thought, Am I really going to be a Playmate—me? It’s the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received. It’s like getting a giant bouquet of roses.”