Meet The Transgender Model Ines Rau: The Rumored Girlfriend of Kylian Mbappae

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Meet The Transgender Model Ines Rau: The Rumored Girlfriend of Kylian Mbappae
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Ines Rau is a French model who was Playboy magazine’s Playmate in November 2017. She is best known as the first openly transgender playmate to be featured in Playboy.

In 2022, Ines was spotted together with the French footballer Kylian Mbappae. In fact, Rau was photographed in the arm of Mbappe, and soon after the photograph surfaced in the media, people alleged her being the girlfriend of Kylian. Well, what is the reality? Is Really Ines and Mbappae dating each other?

Today, in this article, we are intending to analyze Ines Rau and Kylian Mbappae’s relationship. In addition, let’s get to know the personal and professional life of the transgender model Ines Rau.

Ines Rau Was Born Boy In 1990; She Struggled With Gender Identity Issue As A Kid

The transgender model Ines was born a boy to her Algerian father and French Moroccan mother on March 18, 1990, in Paris, France. As of 2023, she is 32 years old. Rau’s birth sign is Pisces.

Talking about her early details, Ines always desired to be a girl deep down. So, it’s obvious that while growing up, she struggled with the gender identity issue and went through a lot of hardship in her childhood.

Besides, she holds French nationality and belongs to French-North African descent.

Ines Rau Underwent Sex Surgery At The Age Of 16; Her Inspiration Was A Transgender Model  Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey

Though Ines was born a boy, deep down, she always was a girl. As a result, just at the age of 16, she decided to embrace herself for who she is in real and underwent gender reassignment surgery. For this decision, she drew inspiration from the English trans-model Caroline “Tula” Cossey‘s written book I Am Woman.

Before having surgery, she read Tula’s book two times and learned to embrace her own identity without any fear. In this regard, she once said,

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

Ines further added,

“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.”

Today, she has become an inspiration for all those people belonging to the LGBTQ community who hide their real identity in fear of being rejected by society.

Ines Rau Began As A Nude Model; Detail On Her Modeling Career

In the year 2013, Ines did her first naked photoshoot alongside the American model Tyson Beckford for a French Luxury magazine. In the meantime, she had already come out as transgender. After her first project, she then appeared as a playmate for a Playboy magazine in a spread titled “Ëvolution”.

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Ines Rau, a model. Source: Her Instagram

About her work as a model for playboy, she later expressed her joy in an exclusive talk. Ines said,

“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” Rau recalls. “And now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness.”

She further added,

“I thought, Am I really going to be a Playmate—me? It’s the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received. It’s like getting a giant bouquet of roses.”

Following her work as a playmate in Playboy, she then worked as a model for many renowned fashion designers and fashion companies like Alexis Bittar, Nicole Miller, Barneys New York, and others. Further, she posed for the stylist/creative director Maher Jridi for Lurve Magazine and also worked on a special project with Ellen Von Unwerth and Andrej Pejic. Moreover, she also appeared in several campaigns for Balmain and Vogue Italia.

Ines Considers Nudity As A Celebration Of The Human Body

She began her modeling career as a nude model. So, for Ines, being nude is not a big deal, instead, she considers nudity as the celebration of the human body. Back in 2017, while talking about her nude photoshoots with Playboy, she said,

 “Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It’s not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or female.”

Ines Is Also An Actress

The transgender model has also worked in a couple of movies. As per IMDb, she first appeared as an actress in the 2014 short film Brothers, Sisters, Sons, & Daughters.

Further, her acting credits include Vernon Subutex (2019), The Souvenir: Part II (2021), and Emily in Paris (2021), in which she worked alongside Lily Collins. In addition, she was also a dancer. Before fame, Rau used to work as a dancer for DJs in Ibiza.

Is Ines Rau Dating the French soccer star Kylian Mbappe Or Just A Rumor?

In October 2022, news of transgender model Ines dating the PSG star Kylian Mbappe was everywhere. The couple for the first time spotted getting cozy at Cannes Film Festival in May 2022. Following their first appearance together, the PSG player Kylian was pictured carrying Ines in the yacht in October 2022.

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Ines Rau and Kylian Mbappe in the picture.

When the picture of Ines in Kylian’s arm surfaced in the media, it became viral and people started assuming that Mbappe and Ines are dating each other. But till today none of them has addressed the rumors instead before their rumored relationship slowed down on the internet, Mbappe’s name was linked with Belgian model Rose Bertram.

So, there’s a possibility that at the yacht, Ines Rau and Kylian were just hanging out casually. Nevertheless, Mbappe, as of recent, has even unfollowed Ines on Instagram, which can mean two things, either they were really dating and broke-up or Kylian didn’t like the heat, at all.

Meanwhile, according to IMDb, the French model is in a relationship with her boyfriend Staiv Gentis. Staiv is an actor who is known for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), and Some Like It Rare (2021).

Ines Is Active On Social Media Handles

The 32 years old model is hugely active on Instagram with 1.1 million followers. On her Instagram, she mostly shares her single photos and her modeling projects. Till today, she very rarely has posted her personal life moments on her Insta page.

Further, she is on Facebook with 8336 followers. Rau is also on Twitter.

Her Net Worth

Coming up to 2023, Ines has made a name in the modeling field. She is considered the top model in New York. So, it is obvious that she has earned a good amount from her career as a model. She is reported to have a net worth of $5 million.

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