There seems to be endless buzz about a provocative photo shoot for French magazine OOB , starring model veteran Tyson Beckford and newcomer Ines Rau , who happens to be transgender.
Lensed by Rodolfo Martinez , the sexually suggestive, black-and-white snaps appeared in the magazines’s premiere issue titled, “ Tropical Surrealism ,” which also featured French model Noemie Lenoir , French-Moroccan singer Sofia Essaidi and French dancer Adrien Galo . See more photos from the “On My Skin” editorial spread below.
Apparently Ines posted the racy photos to Instagram where her account was shut down twice:
I’m not posting anything about it anymore … You know where to see it! And I am taking a pause with Instagram for a little bit as they disabled it two times because of those pictures.
Based in New York City, the 24-year-old French-North African model told Models.com that she was inspired to come out by Caroline “Tula” Cossey , an English model who appeared in a James Bond film and posed for Playboy .
“After reading [Tolu’s] book [I Am Woman] at least two times I realized how important it is to assume who you are with no fears…”
When asked what she would say to children who are struggling with their gender identities, Rau said:
“Having a sex change is not the answer to insecurities or other issues, a lot of transgender do not understand that it has to be done with reflection: because of a real deep desire to be a woman from a younger age. 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. You have to love yourself enough to go for it without the fear of being judged or rejected. That’s my advice for them.”
[spotted via necolebitchie.com ]