Model Tyson Beckford will be on your social media feed for the next few days because of some sexually suggestive photos published in new French luxury magazine OOB. The photos feature Beckford and transgender model Ines Rau in the nude doing some very adult things.
Beckford has been dogged by gay rumors for more than a decade and these photos, made by Rodolfo Martinez with art direction and hair by Nabil Harlow, will no doubt reinforce his critics opinion of him as an undercover gay man.
Anyhow, Rau spoke to Model.com about coming out and being sexually reassigned.
Is there anyone in the industry who has inspired you to tell your story as 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.