Hugh Hefner’s son, Cooper Hefner, has taken to Twitter to defend Playboy’s decision to make French model Ines Rau its first trans centrefold.
Rau is the first trans woman to be featured as a centrefold in the magazine’s 64 years, ABC News has reported.
Hefner came to Rau’s defence, arguing for better acceptance.
“We should collectively be fighting for a more open world, not one that promotes hatred and a lack of acceptance,” said Hefner on Twitter.
Playboy featured its first trans model in 1991, and Rau previously modelled for the magazine in 2014.
“Every woman’s body deserves to be celebrated,” said Rau.
“No one deserves to be a woman more than those [trans women] who routinely suffer abuse and are treated like they’re less than nothing.”
The fashion model was personally chosen as the first trans ‘playmate’ by magazine founder Hugh Hefner before his death last month.
— Zuzanna Mroz (@ZuzannaWioletta) October 19, 2017
— Caleigh (@Caleigh60933571) October 19, 2017
The replies under this are despicable…… congratulations Ines Rau, being a woman is IN FACT just being a woman. https://t.co/isBLGbm3Ng
— Chodey Foster (@Luzrach) October 19, 2017
We should collectively be fighting for a more open world, not one that promotes hatred and a lack of acceptance.
— Cooper Hefner (@cooperhefner) October 19, 2017