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Playboy Makes History With First-Ever Transgender Playmate!

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Meet the beautiful Ines Rau!

Playboy is celebrating a lot of firsts with their November/December issue!

Not only did the magazine unveil their cover of Hugh Hefner, marking the first time a man has ever posed solo on the front page without a female, but on Thursday, they also revealed their first transgender playmate!

Ines Rau has posed for the glossy before, but to be the November playmate, that's a huge deal!

Related: Fired L'Oreal Model Lands Deal As Face Of Illamasqua

Talking about being picked, the Parisian model told the mag:

"When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood, and now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness. I thought, Am I really going to be a Playmate—me? It's the most beautiful compliment I've ever received. It's like getting a giant bouquet of roses."

Beautiful!

The 26-year-old also opened up about learning to loving herself:

"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender. 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."

And she explained what it means to be a woman:

"Being a woman doesn't mean being extremely feminine all the time. Being a woman is just being a woman. I always knew from within, when I was a little kid in my room in the ghetto, that a beautiful destiny was waiting for me. I don't know how to explain it. A little voice was telling me, ‘You'll see. Patience.'"

Yass!

Ines also shared her real thoughts on nudity, as she does pose nude in the issue:

"Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It's not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or female."

Be sure to glimpse her seXXXy spread (below) and let us know what U think!

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Playboy Pays Tribute To Hugh Hefner With His First Solo Cover!

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See it HERE!

Playboy is paying tribute to Hugh Hefner with the cover of their November/December issue, marking the first time a man has ever appeared solo on its front page!

And to honor the icon, they've dedicated the first six pages to his life as well.

Related: Crystal Harris Was A Pillar Of Strength For Hugh

Sadly, the 91-year-old passed away just two days before the magazine was supposed to go to press, according to Playboy.

You can ch-ch-check out his cover (below) photographed by Larry Gordon back in 1965:

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Crystal Harris Was A Pillar Of Strength For Hugh Hefner During His Final Years

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Crystal Harris was there for Hugh Hefner until the very end.

Sources tell TMZ the Playboy mogul — who passed away due to natural causes last week at the age of 91 — was very well taken care of by his 31-year-old wife, despite previous concerns from his family.

Related: Method Actor Jared Leto Will Play Hef

Apparently, Hef's loved ones weren't sure of Crystal's intentions from the beginning of her relationship with the magazine founder, or that she'd be there as his health declined, but that was certainly not the case.

The outlet reports the model was at every doctor's appointment and would organize movie and game nights to keep the icon's spirits high as he became more and more frail.

We're happy to hear she wasn't just in it for the $5 million and Hollywood Hills home. Our thoughts are with the family during this time of grieving.

[Image via WENN.]

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Method Actor Jared Leto Will Play Hugh Hefner In An Upcoming Playboy Biopic! Get The Bare Deets!

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A Hugh Hefner biopic has been in the works for the past 10 years. Now, all of the stars are aligning to actually get it made — well, one star in particular…

Jared Leto has signed on to portray the Playboy founder, who died late September at age 91, in an upcoming film from director-producer Brett Ratner.

Related: Ex-GF Says Hef Didn't Anticipate Dying In 'The Immediate Future'

Ratner, who will direct the film, revealed that Leto has been eyeing the role of the magazine honcho for quite some time, telling The Hollywood Reporter:

"Jared is an old friend. When he heard I got the rights to Hef's story, he told me, 'I want to play him. I want to understand him.' And I really believe Jared can do it. He's one of the great actors of today."

The Oscar winner may be a great choice to don the old silk robe, but he isn't the first actor set to play Hef on the big screen. In fact,

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Hugh Hefner Death Certificate Reveals 'Highly Resistant' E. Coli And More

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We knew Hugh Hefner died of natural causes, but now we finally have a definitive cause of death.

The Blast got ahold of the Playboy founder's death certificate — which interestingly enough lists "Playboy Founder" as his "usual occupation."

According to the certificate, Hef died after cardiac arrest led to respiratory failure. The medical examiner also lists a recent e. coli (a bacterial infection) and septicemia (a toxic infection also known as blood poisoning) as contributing factors.

Related: Ex Barbi Benton Said Hef 'Didn't Think He Was Going To Die Anytime In The Immediate Future'

The e. coli was specifically described in the report as

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Hugh Hefner's Ex Barbi Benton Said The Playboy Founder 'Didn't Think He Was Going To Die Anytime In The Immediate Future'

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He will be missed…

As we reported, on Wednesday, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away at 91 from natural causes.

In an interview released on Monday, the publisher's long time love — and former magazine model — Barbi Benton spoke to People about her relationship with the legend.

Related: Playboy Brings Back Nudity

When the 67-year-old heard the news of his passing, she was a total "basket case." She confessed:

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