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Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner recently passed away, however, with the publication still poised to deliver men’s lifestyle and entertainment, the magazine has selected an openly transgender woman to be its newest playmate for the very first time since its debut in 1953.

Choosing French-born model Ines Rau, who has already been introduced to the fashion world by starring in a Balmain campaign and appearing in Vogue Italia and W magazine, she had initially been featured in Playboy during 2014 when she celebrated coming out as a transgender in a special shoot for the magazine.

Rau shared, “When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood. 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.”

She added, “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.”

To get the full details on Ines Rau’s bio, head over directly to Playboy.

Now how should we remember Hugh Hefner and his ‘Playboy’ legacy? Read our exclusive opinion here.

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