Tyson Beckford and Trans Model Ines Rau Are Gorgeously Naked

Illustration for article titled Tyson Beckford and Trans Model Ines Rau Are Gorgeously Naked

This whole thing, obviously, is NSFW, and gorgeously so: 90s supermodel Tyson Beckford appears completely naked in a new spread in OOB, a French luxury magazine. Posing with him is Ines Rau, a Parisian model who recently came out as transgender and who seems to be on the verge of a major career breakthrough.

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The editorial, which is titled "Tropical Surrealism," was photographed by Rodolfo Martinez. To say that it's "erotic" or "sensual" is a bit of an understatement: at points, it veers very close to the realm of (very tasteful and quite artistic!) porn — Rau's Facebook and Instagram accounts were both temporarily shut down after she tried to post photos from the spread. Here are some highlights, via OUT:

Illustration for article titled Tyson Beckford and Trans Model Ines Rau Are Gorgeously Naked
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Illustration for article titled Tyson Beckford and Trans Model Ines Rau Are Gorgeously Naked

Some background on Rau: in an interview with Models.com from August, she says that she transitioned at age 16 but didn't come out for several years. "After reading [Tula's] book [I Am Woman] at least two times I realized how important it is to assume who you are with no fears," she said. "I just woke up one day realizing that it's enough, I need to embrace who I am and be loved for what I am and what I have been through — without the fear of being rejected."

Reflecting on her life as a woman, she added, "It's fabulous the level of happiness — it's just absolutely impossible to describe. I'm the happiest girl in the world, just being what I wanted to be."

In addition to this editorial, she has several other projects in the works — she did a shoot with Ellen von Unwerth and the androgynous model Andrej Peijic; she was shot for Lurve Magazine; and she'll be appearing in the Art Issue of American Playboy, "representing the letter E as Evolution," along with an interview. Loath as I am to take anything in Playboy as a sign of progress, it seems that this is a pretty strong indication that our cultural attitudes are changing for the better.

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"Tyson Beckford and Transgender Model Ines Rau Get Naked in Explicit Photo Shoot for 'OOB" [ONTD]

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