Ines Rau says she has always known where her true place in the world was. As a woman. The Paris-born model underwent gender reassignment surgery at the young age of 16. She knew then that she wasn’t what she felt that she should be, so she did something about it. She became a model after a scout in Paris found her. She identifies her French background as French-North African.
Rau says that she gained courage to speak up about being a transgender model from the book I Am Woman by Tula. Rau said that she read the book twice. It helped her to realize that she shouldn’t be hiding who she truly was and should embrace what she wanted to become. And so she did. Her career is coming along nicely and she has a lot of great photoshoots that have recently been released. One of these projects is a shoot with supermodel Tyson Beckford where both models were nude and thoroughly sensual. She also did a shoot for Lurve Magazine as well as an artistic issue of American Playboy. These projects debuted in September and October.
Rau gave some advice to kids who are transgendered and are scared about showing who they really are on the inside and out. She told them that they need to follow their hearts. They know what the right life is for themselves and they shouldn’t be afraid to do what it is that they need to do to ensure they can live the life they wish. She also says that it is important that they talk to a specialist, or a few specialists, before they decide on changing their bodies to make sure it is what they really want and to make sure they are prepared. Rau says that she is happier than she has ever been and that is because she is living in the body that she feels that she was truly meant to have.