Giuliana Farfalla Becomes First Transgender Woman To Grace The Cover of Playboy Magazine

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Giuliana Farfalla Becomes First Transgender Woman To Grace The Cover of Playboy Magazine

Farfalla will appear on the cover of Germany’s edition of the Playboy magazine

From Marilyn Monroe and Pamela Anderson to Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian, the Playboy magazine has had some of the most impressive and iconic covers since its launch in 1953. The magazine, founded by Hugh Hefner, had a huge impact on the fashion and pop culture landscape. Now, in a hat tip to modern times, the Playboy magazine has featured a transgender woman on its cover for the first time! The woman is a 21-year-old model, Giuliana Farfalla, who starred on Heidi Klum’s Germany’s Next Top Model.

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Farfalla shared the cover with her followers on Instagram yesterday. Her caption to the photograph read, “My dears I’m on the latest Playboy cover and very proud of the result. I hope you like the cover as much as I do.” Born as Pascal Radermacher in Breisgau, a southwestern Germany city, Farfalla underwent gender reassignment surgery when she was 16 years old. The reaction to her Instagram post of the Playboy cover featuring her has been positive, with the photograph gaining close to 10,000 likes within a few hours of being uploaded. Farfalla will appear on the cover of Germany’s edition of the Playboy magazine. It will be on sale on newsstands on Thursday. PICS: A tour inside the grandeur of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who passed away in September last year, described himself as a “human rights activist” in a 1994 interview with The Advocate. While the magazine has been accused of objectifying women and has had its fair share of controversies, it has also been applauded for promoting diversity. The magazine has, in several instances, championed the rights of transgender women.

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In November 2017, Ines Rau became Playboy magazine’s first ever transgender Playmate of the Month. Rau has also appeared in Playboy’s May 2014 issue. Playboy magazine featured model Darine Stern on its cover of the October issue nude, in 1971. This was the time when African-American women were fighting to be visible in society. What’s more, James Bond actress Caroline Cossey was the first openly transgender woman to pose for Playboy in 1991. She had previously posed for the magazine in 1981, before news of her transition had been made public.