Ines Rau Makes History as Playboy's First Transgender Playmate
Derek Kettela
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"It's the most beautiful compliment I've ever received," Rau tells the publication.

French model Ines Rau reached a major milestone this month as the first transgender woman to become a Playboy Playmate in publication's 64-year history.

"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender," Rau told the magazine. "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."

The 26-year-old stunner appears in the magazine's first issue since founder Hugh Hefner passed away last month.

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Rau and other transgender models have posed for the magazine in the past, but not as official "Playmates" with a pictorial and centerfold.

"When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood," she added. "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."

After the news broke, former porn star Jenna Jameson tweeted her disapproval of the choice:

Rau's spread will be featured in the November/December 2017 issue available Oct. 31.

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