Playboy Will Celebrate Hugh Hefner's Legacy With A Transgender Centrefold

Ines Rau is the centrefold for the Hugh Hefner tribute issue

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Following his passing last month, Hugh Hefner is set to make history once again as the first male cover star of Playboy magazine – but that's not the only first for the upcoming issue.

Transgender French model Ines Rau is the centrefold for the November/December issue - a tribute to Hefner and his continued championing of LGBT rights.

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It's not the first time Rau has featured in a Playboy publication, as back in 2014 she was photographed for a A-Z special edition.

Rau was photographed by Ryan McGinley for Evolution, a feature on gender identity and the shift towards identities beyond the male-female binary.

Speaking to Playboy, she said: "It's how I celebrated my coming out, actually. I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency."

The issue will see Hefner as the first man to grace the cover of the magazine, solo. It includes a six-page celebration of his life including a letter written by his son, Cooper.

Although Rau is the first transgender playmate, Playboy have featured a transgender model before as Rau's centrefold follows on from Caroline Cossey who posed for the magazine back in 1991.

Cossey starred as Bond girl Tulia in For Your Eyes Only and was featured in Playboy in a group shot alongside the other Bond girls from the film ahead of its release.

However, when the film was released The News Of The World publicly outed the model with the front page headline the "James Bond Girl Was a Boy".

The piece caused a media storm and she returned to the pages of Playboy in 1991 in The Transformation of Tula - a pictorial which acknowledged her transexual status.

She later said to Cosmopolitan: "I wanted to do it because I wanted to show all the jocks and heterosexual Playboy readers that transgender people could be sexy and attractive and help them lose the preconceived notions they had about us."