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Playboy founder’s son Cooper Hefner: I want more trans ‘playmates’

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Playboy’s Ines Rau was the first transgender ‘playmate’

Playboy founder’s son Cooper Hefner has vowed to bring in more trans ‘playmates’.

In an exclusive for Gay Star News, the chief creative officer of the magazine and the youngest heir of the soft erotica empire has said he will ensure they will keep including more trans models.

French model Ines Rau became the first transgender ‘playmate‘ in the magazine in November 2017.

Playboy founder’s son ‘absolutely’ wants more trans ‘playmates’

Playboy's Cooper Hefner with fiancee Scarlett Byrne and trans model Ines Rau

Playboy’s Cooper Hefner with fiancee Scarlett Byrne and trans model Ines Rau

‘It feels very authentic of what the brand has stood for for 60 years,’ Hefner, 26, told GSN last night at a preview for the British LGBT Awards.

‘The organization has been an advocate and supporter of the LGBT community, running editorial and content pieces since its inception.’

This is accurate. Hugh Hefner was one of the first publishers to accept a gay short story in 1955, imagining what it would be like if straight people were the minority.

‘It just felt like the right step to take [regards] gender roles,’ the 26-year-old Hefner added. ‘Really, masculinity and femininity are being redefined by millennials.’

When asked if there will be more trans models in the magazine in the future, he said: ‘Absolutely’.

Rau, who has appeared in Vogue as well as other publications, is a burgeoning fashion star.

She told GSN how she is ‘so proud’ to be changing how people see the LGBTI community.

‘It’s a sexual revolution happening right now and I am so happy to be one of the leaders of the revolution,’ Rau said.

‘The LGBT needs to be seen the way they deserved to be seen. I am moved and proud to do that for the community.’

Trans Playboy ‘playmate’: ‘I, of course, am a feminist.’ 

Rau added that she, ‘of course’, considers herself a feminist.

She said: ‘Playboy always fights for women’s rights. I think they are feminists. The energy of the whole planet right now is feminine…

‘It’s a beautiful homage to women around the world. When I see hateful comments about the Playboy story, who say it’s wrong for me to be who I am, they are so wrong.

‘It’s a beautiful compliment to all women to become a woman.’

Transgender model Tula posed for the magazine in September 1991 and the first black Playmate, Jennifer Jackson, faced resistance in 1965.

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