The German edition of Playboy magazine says it will feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time. Editor-in-chief Florian Boitin issued a statement on Tuesday explaining that featuring the model, topless, was an important part of Hugh Hefner’s tradition of being 'resolutely opposed to all forms of exclusion and intolerance' and went on to explain that "Giuliana Farfalla may be the first transsexual on the cover of German 'Playboy', but first and foremost she is a very special woman and a beautiful example of how important the fight for the right to self-determination is."
Giuliana Farfalla is a 21-year-old model from Herbolzheim, in Baden-Württemberg in South West Germany. She found fame as a contestant on Germany’s Next Top Model’ and she has explained in interviews that early in her childhood she felt she was in the wrong body and underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 16 after years of struggling with her body image. The photoshoot coincides with her entering the German version of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, and Farfalla said she hoped the experience would encourage other transgender and transsexual people.
US Playboy featured their first transgender model, French beauty Ines Rau, in its centrefold spot last year.