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Playboy Mexico Features First Transgender Cover Girl

Playboy magazine has come a long way from it’s early days as a sleazy adult men's magazine. Playboy now produces some of the most eye catching and classy editorials, focusing primarily on women’s beauty in a very tasteful way.

Victoria Volkova is making history as the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Playboy Mexico. Mexico is known for its culture of machismo and relatively conservative views. Therefore Playboy’s decision to use Volkova as the cover model pushes the envelope.

Playboy provided the following statement on their Instagram, written in Spanish: “Playboy Mexico is committed to the openness and diversity for which we fight daily in this country. The brand has historically been singled out because pleasure is a benefit to all people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or race.”

Valkova has a massive social media following, boasting over 900 thousand Instagram followers and 1.2 million youtube subscribers. Valkova was born in the state of Querétaro in central Mexico, she uses her platform to advocate for the LGBTQ community in her country.

Valkova shared a heartwarming message on her Instagram that focused on her journey to acceptance and the value of loving yourself. Valkova wrote: "For a long time I hated my body and hated being a trans woman, since I thought that that was what made me a less valuable person, less deserving of love, less 'normal. Embrace your imperfections and tell them thank you for making you so unique and so different, When you do, you learn that your biggest difference, why people teased you at school, is what years later will make you stand out from the rest."

Playboy’s journey of acceptance and inclusivity began recently, but is a necessary step in the right direction. It was just in 2017 when French model Ines Rau became the first openly trans Playboy Playmate. Playboy is redefining the standards of beauty and helping their audience become acclimated with trans women. Valkova stated that she hopes her pictorial strikes the curiosity of the viewer and inspires them to do more research on trans women and how they navigate the world.

Valkova hopes for "more curious about how trans people live in this country and in the world and what we have to go through to live a dignified life."

Hopefully Playboy begins including more Black trans women as their cover girls. Laverne Cox, Indya Moore, and so many other groundbreaking trans people of color have been doing the work to bring Black trans representation to the mainstream. Playboy would be taking an even larger step forward by including any of those women on the cover of their magazines.

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