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Playboy features first transgender ‘playmate’

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Playboy has featured its first transgender ‘playmate’,a first in the magazine’s 64-year history, centrefold in its November issue, a move which the model hopes will pave the way for “all women, trans or otherwise, in fashion and other sectors”.

Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy, is the first transgender model to appear as a centrefold in the magazine’s 64-year history.

Ines Rau poses fully nude in the November/December 2017 issue, which is also the first to hit newsstands following the death of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner.

“Every woman’s beauty deserves to be celebrated,” the 26-year old said.

“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.”

Ines Rau, who has previously worked with the Balmain fashion house and Vogue Italia, said Playboy founder Hugh Hefner had personally chosen her to be the magazine’s first transgender playmate before he died at the age of 91 in September.

Playboy first featured a transgender model in 1991.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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