By Carly Stern For Dailymail. As transgender people find themselves more and more accepted by society thanks to vocal advocates like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, trangender model Caroline Cossey is speaking up to remind us that Playboy was happy to accept her for who she is way back in the The English beauty first appeared in the nude magazine's pages way back in , before her transgender identity was revealed. But the publication had her back again for her own pictorial a decade later, after the details of her gender reassignment had been made public, making her the first transgender model ever to appear among the famous Bunnies. She's the first: Caroline was the first openly transgender woman to appear in Playboy in , nearly a decade after News of the World exposed her. Take that! With the stunning shoot, Caroline took a stand against the people who'd made her feel small - including Howard Stern, who once interviewed her while dressed as a woman. Caroline said that when she was little, she identified as male because she had a penis. But as she got older, she realized that she preferred dressing up and playing with dolls over anything her brother was doing.
Caroline Cossey in Playboy Shoot (June 1981)
But when her enormous success as a model backfired into public hysteria, she had decisions to make. She could stand and fight, or she could run away. She chose to fight. In the wake of it all, Tula would become the first of many things, much to her surprise. Life was good. But everything changed the following year. Indeed, Tula came into the world as Barry Cossey. In , after years of hormone therapy and counseling as well as a breast augmentation, she completed her transition with gender-reassignment surgery at a London hospital.
For the first time in its year history, Playboy magazine will feature a transgender Playmate, a decision that Cooper Hefner, a top executive at the magazine, said on Thursday was in keeping with its founding mission of embracing changing attitudes about sex. Selecting Ms. Hefner said he selected Ms. When Ms.
View a vintage shot from Cossey's Playboy spread. Story continues below. Although she opened up about her transition in interviews with Howard Stern and Arsenio Hall , Cossey, now 60, eventually walked away from the spotlight and now lives a relatively quiet life in Atlanta.