When Playboy revealed their November/December centerfold to be a transgender model, they were met with a lot of backlash from readers, but that doesn't seem to bother the Magazine very much.
Though many disagree with the inclusion of Ines Rau as a playmate, Playboy sent out a series of Tweets revealing they believe the move is just the next logical step for a progressive brand, sharing the story of the first black Playmate, and shockingly enough, many of the complaints in 1965 are being echoed in 2017.
In March 1965, we featured Jenny Jackson, our first black Playmate. pic.twitter.com/2zXtQ4EDrd— Playboy (@Playboy) October 19, 2017
Many fans revoked their subscription or returned the issue. pic.twitter.com/Xueo3hSDmx— Playboy (@Playboy) October 19, 2017
Many more fans embraced Jenny Jackson, her beauty, and Playboy’s decision. pic.twitter.com/CUimjjbNbt— Playboy (@Playboy) October 19, 2017
The final tweet—which is a little too revealing for us to post on the site— says "standing on the right side of history," with a photo of Rau attached. You can see the tweet here.
The response seems divided by fans on Twitter with some supporting Playboy with their latest step forward, while some critics are still upset at the decision and others upset about the comparison between people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Regardless, it will be a hot-button issue and one that probably won't go away anytime soon.
One of the first big names to speak out against Rau's inclusion in the magazine was actually a former Playboy cover girl herself—Jenna Jameson.
"I have a problem with it just like I have a problem with a transgender competing against biological women in sports,” said Jameson on Twitter, “I think it’s setting fire to an iconic brand and pandering to this ridiculous PC world we live in.”
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She's not the only former Playboy model to weigh in on the issue, however. Caroline Cossey, the first openly transgender woman to appear in Playboy, spoke on the issue, and had a different opinion.
"The worldwide reach of the photos and feature had significant impact in changing erroneous preconceived ideas that a lot of people had about the trans community,” says Cossey speaking to HuffPost. “I featured on Playboy magazine covers worldwide and the impact was huge on our acceptance ― I thank Hugh for that.”
Cossey admitted that even in the '80s when her career was at its height, she was almost ruined when she was outed as transgender, but Hugh Hefner still went forward with using the model in his magazine.
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