Playboy Is Featuring Its First Ever Trans Playmate

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French model Ines Rau is making history as Playboy‘s first ever transgender Playmate. Rau, 26, appeared in the magazine already in 2014, but is now getting a centerfold and full pictorial.

Rau will appear in the November / December 2017 issue, which will also feature a special memoriam dedication to the late Hugh Hefner.

“I lived a long time without saying I was transgender,” she says to Playboy. “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.”

Take a look at one of Rau’s photos, shot by Ryan McGinley.



Playboy has featured other trans models before, but not as Playmates. In 1981, actress Caroline “Tula” Cossey, who later appeared in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only, graced the mag’s glossy pages. She appeared again ten years later, this time after having been outed publicly.

STYLE SCOOP: Hello Kitty Does Playboy, André Leon Talley And Tom Ford Do Numéro

Well, she finally broke down. Hello Kitty did Playboy in celebration of the glossy’s 40th anniversary. The collaboration is available at Colette, and if you wanted to get us something, the mug would be a-ok. (Good morning!)


Pat Cleveland! Tom Ford! André Leon Talley! Conrad Bromfield’s muscles! It’s all in the March issue of Numéro, thanks to Mr. Talley pulling Tom Ford et al in for a rather exposed shoot. Into it.


Naked Models, Pharrell Gets Happy, and Fashion Fires: Today’s #StyleScoop

If you’re having trouble shaking off the weekend, spend a few minutes with Pharrell’s latest – a 24 hour music video guaranteed to help with the whole Monday thing. Better now? Okay. Let’s talk about what’s happening in fashion.

In case you didn’t know, Sophia Loren is still smokin’. The one-time Pirelli calendarmodel was on hand alongside Karolina Kurkova, Lapo Elkann, Franca Sozzani, Alek Wek, and myriad other beautiful and talented faces as Pirelli celebrated 50 years in Milan on Thursday. The calendar released for 2014 pulls Helmut Newton’s 1986 not-a-nip-in-sight calendar out of the archives.

Quel hommage! Donatella Versace Lady Gaga stars in the latest Versace campaign lensed by Mert and Marcus (the same duo who did Kate right for Playboy).

Speaking of Kate’s nude shoot (one of many, really) the NYTimes is talking about Treats, only the latest to jump on the tastefully done, fashion nude magazines bandwagon, addressing the ever-increasing popularity of omitting clothes from fashion shoots.

Another no-clothes situation: Mulberry isn’t showing a fall 2014 collection in London this coming season. They’re still looking for a creative director since Emma Hill left. But if you’re tuning in to  i-D’s list of reasons Things to Remember When Fashion Gets Too Much, it’s ok.

And finally: a fire destroyed the Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store in Paris. Discuss.

The ‘Prada Marfa’ Debacle: Art History or Sculptural Commercial?

"Praises due to the most high, Allah. Praises due to the most fly, Prada."

—Kanye West, “So Appalled.”
Ah, art and commerce, what a tangled, tortured web you weave. When Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset plopped a full-sized (but locked, and non-functioning) Prada store into a barren Texas landscape in 2005, they intended “a critique of the luxury goods industry,” according to one member of the pair. But recently, local government has been rumbling against the artistic installation. “From the state’s perspective, the logo is defined by state and federal law as a sign,” explains the Times. “And because the ‘sign’ sits on unlicensed land bordering federal highway U.S. 90 and lacks a permit, it violates the 1965 Highway Beautification Act signed by president Lyndon B. Johnson and championed by his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.”
In the words of Ballroom Marfa’s co-founder and executive director Fairfax Dorn, Prada Marfa is “a living sculpture” that has “entered into international art history discourse.” So is Elmgreen & Dragset’s best known piece a savvy conceptual jab at an overpriced fashion brand, or an inadvertent promotion for that same brand–or both, simultaneously? It’s enough to make a make a regular reader of Adbusters doubt the very ground he stands on, and it certainly doesn’t help that the art world in the 21st century is principally fueled by the sort of people who can afford $6,390 ostrich totes.    
In the meantime, the non-profits who helped erect Prada Marfa (Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa) are email blasting helpful FAQs about the project. There’s a Facebook page. Below, Elmgreen & Dragset’s personal statement on the issue (which also touches on another sticky project, no pun intended, involving Richard Phillips and Playboy.)  
Prada Marfa is an artwork initiated by ourselves and realized in a collaboration with the not-for-profit cultural organizations Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa in 2005. It was not a work commissioned by the fashion brand Prada nor had the fashion brand any involvement in the creation of this work. They kindly gave us the permission to use their logo after we asked them, due to the founder Muccia Prada’s personal interest in contemporary art, and she donated shoes and bags, which have never been renewed but stay the same – as a historic display – inside the sculpture. The right definition of advertisement must be based on criteria more accurate than just including any sign which contains a logo. It is advertisement only when a company either commissions someone to make such a sign, pays for its execution or makes a sign themselves in order to promote the company’s products. And this is not the case here since Prada Marfa never had any commercial link to the fashion brand Prada, unlike the Playboy bunny which went up this summer initiated by Playboy itself. 
Prada Marfa is firmly positioned within a contemporary understanding of site specific art, but also draws strongly on pop art and land art – two art forms which were conceived and thrived especially in the USA from the 1960s and onwards. Many artists, from Andy Warhol with his famous Campbell soup cans to Andreas Gursky with his grand photographic documentation of retail spaces have appropriated and dealt with the visual language of commercial brands. In an increasingly commercialized world, we see the independent artistic treatment of all visual signs and signifiers as crucial to a better and wider understanding of our day-to-day surroundings, including the influence of corporations. 
It comes as a big surprise for us that the Texas Department of Transportation now after eight years may declare this well-known artwork to be illegal and we think it would be a shame for the local community if it disappeared after being there for so long since the work clearly is one of the strong points for the cultural tourism, which is such an important financial factor in this region. However, we are very happy to experience the fantastic support from both art professionals internationally, locals and others, who have even created a Facebook page named “Save Prada Marfa” that after just a short while has received almost 4,000 likes and daily receives plenty of new posts, stories and images from people who once visited this site.”
Meanwhile, today sees the opening of “Tomorrow,” Elmgreen & Dragset’s much-anticipated exhibition at the V&A in London, which does not promote Prada goods in any way, shape, or form. 

Linkage: Lindsay Lohan Might Be an Escort, Jessica Simpson Can’t Stop Bonin’, & a Kris Kross Reunion

If you’re wondering how the hell Lindsay Lohan can get away with jetting across the globe and staying in fancy hotels with nothing but money from Playboy shoots and Lifetime movies, here’s a possible explanation on where she gets her money: she might be working as a high-class escort for the rich and not-so-famous. Some of her alleged clients include Prince Haji Abdul Azim, third in line of the throne of Brunei (which is a real place, not like Genovia), and painter Domingo Zapata. Of course, these allegations come from her scumbag father, Michael Lohan, so take them with a couple shakers of salt. [Radar]

Nicole Kidman is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and she dishes about Scientology—sort of. When pressed, she’ll say only: ‘I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children [adopted with Cruise] who are Scientologists—Connor [the Red Dawn actor is now 17] and Isabella [20]—and I utterly respect their beliefs.’” The cover story also revels that Modern Family’s Sophia Vergara was director Lee Daniels’s first choice for Kidman’s role in The Paperboy, so just imagine that crazy lady doing her own hair and makeup and peeing on Zac Efron. [THR]

Jessica Simpson, as always, is both a good indicator of the failures of sex education in this country and an example of how annoying celebrities can be if their publicists can’t get them to shut the hell up. The occasional singer and sometimes actress told Jay Leno last night that she’d like to get married to fiancé Eric Johnson, with whom she has one child and a second on the way, but, in her words, “he keeps knocking me up.” [Fox News]

Sarah Jessica Parker replaced Demi Moore as Gloria Steinem in the upcoming Lovelace, premiering at Sundance, after Moore’s hospitalization for exhaustion early last year. It turns out it was all for naught: Steinem’s role in the film has been cut. [EW]

Because of money, NBC is going to roll poor Betty White out again and make her watch a bunch of people “pay tribute” to her for Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special. The party’s guest list includes folks like Blake Shelton, Bill Clinton, and Larry King, because who else could possibly ruminate on all of Betty White’s achievements as an old actress who still makes dirty jokes when forced to read from cue cards in front of a TV camera? [Deadline]

Kris Kross are getting back together because they left a lot of things unsaid, a lot of pants unsagged, and also realized how much of a boner everyone has for the ’90s. [Vulture]

Does keeping a “princess-free” household promote feminist ideals in children or just keep them from having fun? [Jezebel]

Die Hard director John McTiernan is headed to jail for a year and must pay a $100,000 fine. And no, it’s not because he directed that Rollerball remake. [Indiewire]

R.I.P., old guy from old TV show. [TMZ]

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New Image of Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace; Biopic Set for Sundance Premiere

Yesterday we brought you the fifteen movies we’re most excited about at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it seems we forgot one big one: Lovelace, the biopic about Linda Lovelace and her starring turn in the classic ’70s porno Deep Throat. Stills from the film have been trickling online in the fast few months (and there’s something about that phrase that makes me a little uncomfy considering the subject matter of the film), but a new image of Amanda Seyfried in the titular role’s groovy hairdo popped up this morning.

Entertainment Weekly shares the image as well as more details about the film, which has an impressive cast assembled.

Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria (in the directors chair), Robert Patrick, Bobby Cannavale (partially obscured in the upper right corner), and Chris Noth (standing beside the camera) co-star in Lovelace. Peter Sarsgaard also stars as Lovelace’s husband, Chuck Traynor, the man she later claimed abused her and coerced her into the porn world. James Franco will appear as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and Adam Brody (seated in the chair) is fellow porn actor Harry Reems.

Will Lovelace be a hit? Few movies have been able to capture the essence of porn the way that Boogie Nights did nearly sixteen (sixteen! it’s been that long!) years ago. It’ll definitely be a movie to keep an eye on. 

Check out the new still below:


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Call CPS: Hugh Hefner Re-engaged To A 25-Year-Old

Playboy honcho Hugh Hefner, 85, found it in his heart to forgive his 25-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris for dumping him five days before their wedding — these lovebirds are now re-engaged.

Hefner originally proposed to the Playmate and Girls Next Door star on Christmas Eve 2010. But a few months later rumors began circulating that his fiancée was two-timing him with — wait for it — Dr. Phil McGraw’s son, Jordan McGraw. Shortly after, she called off the wedding five days before she was to walk down the aisle. Awkwardly, her Playboy cover trumpeting her as "Mrs. Crystal Hefner" had already gone to print and hit newstands in July 2011.

Well, dust off those "Mrs. Crystal Hefner" issues because they’re relevant again. TMZ reports these two crazy kids are engaged again and that Crystal just felt she needed time to "be independent and stand on her own two feet."

May their blessed union actually happen this time … their future be less wrinkly and saggy than it sounds.

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Today in “Because of Course He Is”: James Franco Writing Column For ‘Playboy’

Because merely playing Hugh Hefner in a movie wasn’t enough, so in addition to embodying the media icon and Playboy founder in the upcoming biopic Lovelace, James Franco will begin writing a six-column series for the magazine. The column will be called the "Francofile" and his first byline will appear in the July/August issue, an interview about "space, energy and magic" with artist Marina Abramovic. 

This won’t be Franco’s first tango with opinion writing. For the past couple of months, while not visiting his other current projects, such as Harmony Korine’s upcoming film Spring Breakers (now with a soundtrack from Skrillex!), he has been blogging for The Huffington Post‘s entertainment pages, most recently writing on Magic Mike and praising Channing Tatum’s performance and notably writing a heavily-blogged "Dude’s perspective" on Girls that caused our editor, Tyler Coates, to break out an exploding-head .gif from Scanners. He’s kept us abreast on his summer reading, including Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad ("I was very taken with the ever-shifting focus on different characters from piece to piece, as well as by the temporal vacillation") and Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, because you had better believe James Franco also has time to devour popular fiction. Obviously, the how-does-James-Franco-sleep punchline is wearing thin, but it’s sometimes hard not to have that reaction. There are people who have far, far less going on professionally that partake in far, far fewer extracurriculars and intellectually stimulating diversions.