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Miss November 2017

Ines Rau

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  • Eye ColorBrown Eyes
  • Hair ColorBrunettes
  • HometownParis, France
  • TitlesMiss November 2017

About Ines Rau

Ines Rau might look familiar to you. Perhaps because you’ve got glimpses of her commanding couture runways or starring in Balmain campaigns. More likely, it’s because this is not her first time in Playboy. In May 2014, she was featured in a special edition issue that had special resonance for her. Her posing came with something of a revelation. “It’s how I did my coming out, actually. I took that chance and then I signed with an agency. It was also kind of my first modeling job.” Three years later, she’s an established model who encourages self-love and inspires honesty. “I lived a long time without saying I’m transgender,” she says, “I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as someone 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.”

It’s undeniable she’s a natural glamazon, but she also possesses the fortitude of someone who has lived, has seen the worst and best life has to offer – because she has. As a child, she spent a lot of time alone. “My mother was working all the time and my stepfather never really loved me. I was always by myself,” she says, her voice a seductive Parisian rasp. “But 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.’”

Her instincts were right: At 18, she found her first job dancing for David Guetta (they remain close friends) in Ibiza and now at 26, Rau is setting her sights past the fashion industry. “I just signed a book deal and I just shot a film. I really want to be an action star. I love action movies.”

When describing herself, Rau reveals she’s a hippie at heart, a tomboy and a party girl, though no matter her mood, feeling sexy is a permanent state of mind, independent of outside factors, like new lingerie or effusive compliments. “I have to be honest: I always feel sexy. I love to be sexy, but sexy is an attitude. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say it, but I really feel sexy all the time!” Beyond her multiple facets and above all else, Rau is a tenacious advocate with no shortage of causes. “I will always fight for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights, but above everything else, my cause is the environment. Nothing touches me more than fighting against global warming. I was made to fight for the planet – the forest, the animals, the air. If I get famous, that’s my first battle.”

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