Ines Rau was one of the first models to boldly embrace their transgender status and even display their true identity on various platforms. Ardent readers of the Playboy magazine would recognize her as the ‘Playmate of the Month’ for the magazines November 2017 issue. Among her other titles, she is the first openly transgender Playmate. Ines Rau’s story is mostly told by other transgender individuals inspired by her bold moves towards owning her identity. There is so much to know about the transgender model and here, you will read all about it.
Ines Rau Bio/Wiki
She was born as a boy on March 18, 1990, in Paris. Of Algerian descent, Ines Rau came from a Muslim family headed by her Algerian father and French-Moroccan mother. Growing up as a boy, Rau was more drawn to feminine things. Everyone around him noticed this but no one knew he would eventually opt to change his sex. It continued this way until Rau made a decision to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
Her main source of inspiration was the life story of transgender model Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey. Ines was greatly inspired by the story, which gave her all the morale she needed to take the bold step. She was 16 when she finally had the surgery. The surgery cum transition was successful and Rau began to live like a woman. However, she kept her transgender identity secret and waited for the right time to disclose it.
Ines Rau started to explore the entertainment industry which had always been of interest to her. She started dancing for different DJs in Ibiza, Spain and made a lot of money from it. She also went on to work for other stakeholders and made a lot of contacts including with David Guetta who become a friend of hers.
Ines Rau came out as transgender in 2013 when she was 24. It was a pleasure and a relief to the model who was more than ready to show herself to the world. Following her proclamation, she posed nude for a French magazine, OOB with American model Tyson Beckford. The following year she was featured in Playboy’s A-Z issue. It was to grace the theme ‘Evolution’, through which the magazine emphasized the evolving world and how it has come to embrace other gender identities apart from male and female.
Her popularity was growing rapidly in the modeling industry and she began to work with different stakeholders including Alexis Bittar and Nicole Miller. Her face graced the covers of many notable magazines, as she also modeled for different brands. In 2017, Ines Rau appeared in Playboy magazine’s November/December issue as Playmate of the Month becoming the first openly transgender model to take the title. Her playboy appearance in 2014 also made her the second transgender ever, to be featured in the magazine. The first was Caroline Cossey, her source of inspiration.
Other Facts About The Transgender Model
- Although Ines Rau was inspired by Caroline Cossey’s life story, transitioning into a woman at such a young age would not have been easy without support from her parents. She had strong support from both parents and this only strengthened her resolve to undergo the surgery.
- Since her transition from male to female, Ines Rau has soaked herself in activism. She has told her stories on various platforms and has been involved in different campaigns for transgender rights.
- Rau’s love life has always been a huge interest to the media and the public alike. Since her coming out, everyone wants to know who she is dating and what it feels like to be dating a transgender. The model simplifies this seeming mystery by being public about her love life. To her, it is also a form of campaign for more acceptance of people like her. Ines is in a relationship with Staiv Nation, a model. The couple has been dating since 2015 and is still together. They often share pictures of themselves together on different social media platforms leaving their fans in delight with their relationship.
- Another aspect of Rau’s life which always interests people is her body. It is difficult to believe that Ines Rau was once a boy given her nicely curved body. She stands at a height of 5ft 9in, which is quite suitable for a woman and even more suitable for her profession. Her body stats are given as a proportional 33-23-33 being her bust, waist, and hips respectively.