Ines Rau is Playboy's first openly transgender playmate. (Courtesy Derek Kettela/Playboy)

Ines Rau is Playboy's first openly transgender playmate. (Courtesy Derek Kettela/Playboy)

Playboy presents its first transgender playmate

We guess it’s a point of pride: French model Ines Rau is the first openly transgender model to be a Playboy playmate.

Photographed by Derek Kettela, Rau is the centerfold in Playboy’s November/December issue, which pays tribute to late founder Hugh Hefner.

In 2014, Rau appeared in Playboy’s May “A-Z” issue in a spread called “Evolution,” which examined the acceptance of gender beyond the male-female binary. “It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” she said. Soon after, she signed with a modeling agency.

Other transgender people have been in the magazine, although not with the coveted “playmate” title.

Caroline “Tula” Cossey, who played a Bond girl in “For Your Eyes Only,” was featured in 1981. A year later, British tabloid News of the World revealed Cossey was born a man, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She posed again for Playboy in 1991.

WEINSTEIN UPDATE

The latest on the seemingly never-ending Harvey Weinstein sex scandal: The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations that he raped an Italian model-actress in 2013.

Dmitry Gorin, a former Los Angeles County sex crimes prosecutor, told the Los Angeles Times that, because the case falls within the statute of limitations, it could lead to prosecution.

On Thursday, Salon reported that some 30 Miramax and Weinstein Company employees offered statements on the controversy to the New Yorker in a story tallying instances of abuse to complaints by more than 50 actresses, executives, models, writers and assistants.

He’s been fired from his eponymous company; his position on the board has been terminated. Officials in London and New York also are investigating charges of rape.

Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino, who worked closely with Weinstein since the 1990s, told the New York Times, “I knew enough to do more than I did,” and Channing Tatum announced that a project he had planned with The Weinstein Co. is off. The actor won’t be making his directorial debut alongside Reid Carolin in “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,” based on a book by Matthew Quick about sexual abuse and suicide.

HOTEL TAKES

The Westin Verasa Napa has happy news: On Tuesday at 7:11 a.m., local residents and fire evacuees (from Mount Veeder) Neil Bason and PJ FairBairn welcomed daughter Elisabeth to the world at the resort. The couple, who had planned for a home birth, apparently was discussing options when PJ went into labor and the midwife rushed to the property for a smooth delivery. … Mila Kunis, Taraji P. Henson, Priyanka Chopra and Emily Ratajowski were at W San Francisco this week for an exclusive “networking experience” sponsored by Marie Claire magazine.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor John Krasinski is 38. … Rapper Snoop Dogg is 46. … Actor Kenneth Choi is 46. … U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is 53. … Actor Viggo Mortensen is 59. … Singer Wanda Jackson is 80.

— Staff, wire report Channing TatumElizabeth BasonHarvey WeinsteinInes RauPlayboyplaymateQuentin TarantinoTransgenderWestin Verasa Napa

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