For the first time in the history of the German edition of Playboy magazine, a transgender model has featured on the cover.
Reality television star and model Giuliana Farfalla, 21, stripped off for the magazine published on Thursday a week ahead of her appearance in the show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
Farfalla was born in 1996 in the Breisgau region of south-western Germany on the border with France as Pascal Radermacher.
She appeared in the last series of Germany’s Next Top model hosted by German supermodel Heidi Klum.
In an interview with the latest Playboy, Farfalla said that she wants to be successful as a woman, not as a transgender model.
Her appearance on Germany’s Next Topmodel was meant to encourage other transgender and transsexual people, she said.
Even as a child, Farfalla said she felt that she was “in the wrong body,” and had reassignment surgery at the age of 16. ”
Giuliana Farfalla may be the first ever transsexual woman on the cover of German Payboy, but first and foremost she is a very special woman,” Playboy editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said.
With its new cover model, the magazine was “totally in the tradition of founder Hugh Hefner, who stuck up for the freedom of the individual all his life and resolutely challenged every form of exclusion and intolerance,” Boitin said.
Hefner died at his home in Los Angeles in September at the age of 91.