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.

Reception has been mixed, with social media inundated with both congratulations and transphobic comments.

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.

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