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Playboy features French model as first transgender playmate

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Playboy features French model as first transgender playmate French model Ines Rau.(Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images for Diesel 'Fashion For Relief')

Los Angeles: French model Ines Rau has become the first transgender model to become a Playboy playmate.

Rau appears in a pictorial and centrefold in Playboy's November/December issue, which pays tribute to its founder, Hugh Hefner, who died last month.

The model previously posed in Playboy's May 2014 "A-Z" issue, starring in a spread called "Evolution," which examined the acceptance of gender beyond the male-female binary, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Lau, 26, said it took her a lot of time to accept her gender identity publicly.

Playboy features French model as first transgender playmate People look at the premiere issue of Playboy magazine in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Dimas Ardian/ Getty Images)

"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender. I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird. 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. The people who reject you aren't worth it. It's not about being loved by others; it's about loving yourself," she told Playboy.

While Rau became the first transgender playmate, the magazine had featured Carline 'Tula' Cossey in 1981. A British tabloid later revealed that she was born a man.

Cossey, who also played a Bond girl in "For Your Eyes Only," posed again for Playboy in 1991.

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The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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