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August 13th, 2013 by models.com | Girls, Interviews, Model News
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Ines Rau shot by Dima Hohlov
Creative Direction by Maher Jridi
Makeup by Ariel Yeh
Hair by Marcia Lee
Interview by Kristen Bolt

Follow Ines on Twitter: @Ines_Rau

Where were you born?

I was born in Paris and my French background is French-North African.

At what point did you decide you wanted to be a model?

It came naturally, I was scouted in Paris by my French agency. From one job to another, I started to get really excited about it. It’s amazing meeting all the extraordinary people and wearing all of the beautiful clothes. It’s like a teenage dream coming true. From where I started, I still don’t realize that I’m really doing this. It’s magic!

Is there anyone in the industry who has inspired you to tell your story as a transgender?

Yes, the one and only Tula. After reading her book [I Am Woman] at least two times I realized how important it is to assume who you are with no fears. I am twenty-four years old and have done the change very young, at 16. Until now I wasn’t really out about it. 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.

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What projects do you have coming out?

The last six weeks have been really interesting. I shot with the amazing fashion stylist/creative director Maher Jridi for Lurve Magazine. I also did a shoot with Ellen von Unwerth and Andrej Pejic for special project. The “Art Issue” of American Playboy representing the letter E as Evolution along with an interview- and also a really sexy shoot with a major male supermodel…which I think will make people talk! Everything I have done recently will be out end of September beginning of October.

What would you say to kids struggling with gender identity?

I would tell them to follow what’s in their hearts and to not be scared to do what they have to do if necessary. But very important to have consulted specialists to make sure that changing your body is the right answer. 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.

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18 Comments

  1. bk says:

    Nudes? what if my daughter see this?

  2. alexandria Tinoco says:

    GO INES!!! This is beautiful. As a transsexual woman, I’m very pleased to see representation of every angle of gender identity. She’s a beautiful Woman–and I’m please to see it presented to the world beautifully.

    @BK models are sometimes shot nude to explore a woman’s beauty in all shapes, sizes and angles. if you’re daughter sees this–hopefully it opens her mind to respecting other peoples reality.

  3. joe says:

    bk…. REALLY???? IF YOU SAID WHAT IF MY SON SAW THIS,,, BUT YOUR DAUGHTER?? WHAT IS SHE 4? GET REAL, ITS A MODEL SITE …FOR BEAUTY AND BODY IMAGES…GEEZ!

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL WORK DONE BY ALL! FLAWLESS!

  4. eric says:

    isn’t this Lea T? she completed the procedure after all?

  5. Luis says:

    Lea T?

  6. JoJo says:

    I had no idea this was a woman born in a man’s body until I started to read the interview. Such a beautiful and sexy creature.

  7. person says:

    I want to cry. This is beautiful

  8. GP says:

    May I know who is the doctor did her boobs?

  9. CH says:

    Who posted this article? It would be nice if they included a link, or even a NAME, of who this woman is!!!!!

  10. JW says:

    To each their own…

  11. Gustavo says:

    she is superb

  12. miguel says:

    Why???

  13. kim says:

    ines is a beautiful women and a marvellous personn, it was not an condition obligatory to say she was born different but its time for a lot of people completly ignorant to understand life is more complicate than you suppose , its more and more androgyne ,hermaphrodite and transexual whos born and assumed this diference . sociaty are most of the time not understanding and accepted theses difference , but its time to realise than its not a knew thing and from the antiquity its happen and lot of society made a special place for these special personns, dont make a mystake with travesti its different they are and feel really to be in the oposite body and its not about sex, its time to respect theses personns and make a place in each sociaty with respect, to be different can be beautiful and when you dont have choice everybody have to respect and get more info about transexuality before judge anyone because so many suffering during life because no information to the society its enought ,ines is a marvelous example of this beauty so please make like me respect for everybody and i wish you a beautiful career to my adorable friend ines rau; her friend kim

  14. miguel says:

    We aren’t so ignorant, but we are talking about models, this is a website about models. There are thousands beautiful girls.

  15. Ruben Campbell says:

    My name is Ruben Campbell and my religion is made of 3 values applicable to all the people in this planet: RESPECT, LOVE AND MUSIC. Why this world is in crisis? Not because of lack of money but for lack of dreams and education. Anybody has the right to have a dream and be respected for achieving it. What Ines has done is just that. Please take note that there is a difference between achieving the dream of being and achieving the dream of becoming. Almost everyone is granted the “being” at birth the way they wanted. Then with education and skills you become the person and professional you want to be in life.
    What others got it granted, Ines had to fight for it twice as hard locked in an unwanted situation for many years. That is truly amazing and I admire her for that. I’ve known her for almost 10 years now and knew what was going on since the beginning but I decided not to tell her because it made no difference to me as a true frienship should be unconditional. The important thing is always the person behind a body. Whatever a person wants to do with his/her body is their own business. We all gonna lose it anyway one day. But everybody should have the right to express themselves as they want. I’m extremely proud of INES and she has my unconditional support for life. sharing this with us demands an exceptional strength, the same strength that will take her to the top in her career. I feel blessed to have met her and she is the vivid inspiration for this world!

  16. Toni Smailagic says:

    BRAVO!
    This woman BUSTS her ass twice as hard & deserves everything that’s coming her way.
    Look forward to her success! I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of people she’s about to inspire.

    Having had the chance to work with her on multiple occasions, she ALWAYS has the creative team, bookers, other models, etc. talking.

    J’adore ca!

  17. Jared Purdy says:

    Good on her. She’s undeniably beautiful, and brave. This is a good story, and one that I can bring into my human rights classes because it will be a major eye opener for a lot of people who know little about human sexuality out side of their own heterosexist existence.

  18. Vegas says:

    She’s a Beauty! I am transgender and I will support her endlessly

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