Tyson Beckford and drop-dead gorgeous trans* model Inès-Loan Rau take it all off in a scorching new editorial for luxury French magazine OOB.
The edgy editorial’s concept is ‘Tropical Surrealism.’ It was shot by Rodolfo Martinez, with art direction and hair by Nabil Harlow, and make-up by Frank Guyton, reports Fab Magazine.
The photo shoot instantly gained fans, something Rau voiced her appreciation for on Twitter:
— Inès-Loan Rau (@Ines_Rau) November 3, 2013
Apparently, the photos were too hot for Instagram, which, according to Rau, disabled them more than once. When a fan protested the artistic censorship, Rau admitted that, though tasteful, the pictures may have been too erotic for social media.
In a recent interview with Models.com, Rau was candid about her sexuality and gender-expression, explaining that she had to learn to embrace herself without fear of judgement.
Read excerpt below:
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.
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.
Read Rau’s complete interview on Models.com by clicking here.
During a break in the sexy “Tropical Surrealism” shoot, Beckford sat down with OOB to talk about his phenomenal career, being sexy and what he looks for in a woman.
Read an excerpt below:
How does it feel to be the most desirable man in the world?