When you think of Playboy, usually the very last word that comes to mind is ‘inclusivity’. After all, it is an adult magazine that plays on society’s very narrow definition of beauty in terms of the range of body types it features.
Playboy is all about slender, scantily clad women with incredibly long legs and huge assets. This is something which its late founder Hugh Hefner clearly loved, dating many of the women who appeared in his magazine.
This has had the effect of causing people who are attracted to a range of body types from finding nothing to cater to their taste in Playboy. In fact, they’d be forgiven for thinking that only on look has any kind of sex appeal.
However, with the increasing number of online campaigns geared towards the fair and equal representation of all types of people in society, even Playboy has decided they have to step up their game.
Last month, the X-rated magazine made history by appointing their first ever trans playmate, Ines Rau.
It was a remarkable and wholly unexpected decision that was applauded by many people, and it left transphobic keyboard warriors crafting a brand new set of “Hugh Hefner would be turning in his grave” memes.
Little did they know that Rau was not the first transgender woman to appear in Playboy, she was simply the first transgender Playmate. The first transgender woman to post for Playboy, Caroline Tula Cossey, appeared in 1991.
Well, I’m sure those same keyboard warriors will have something to say about an even more recent move the men’s magazine has made. And what was that exactly?
Well, this month, Playboy has centered their most recent photo shoot around a plus-size model, and it is stunning.
The snaps were taken by New York-based photographer Heather Hazzan and they featured the impossibly stunning up-and-coming model Molly Constable, who just happens to be a size 20.
And let me tell you, the end result was just as sexy and titillating as the very best of Playboy‘s shoots.
“When my agents told me I was going to shoot for them, at first I was a little wary because of the history of the magazine,” 22-year-old Molly explained to Cosmo.
Fortunately, Heather Hazzan knew exactly what Molly was capable of, and she insisted that the model appears sans makeup in all of the photos.
“When I found out that Heather Hazzan was shooting it, my nerves completely disappeared,” Molly said. “We have shot together before, and they are some of my favorite images.”
While you may not have heard her name before, Molly Constable is certainly no newcomer to the world of modeling.
However, despite having walked runways with high profile models like Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods, she has received her fair share of prejudice and body shaming within the industry.
“I did a shoot with a large publication, and the makeup artist couldn’t believe that I was an actual model and this was my job,” Molly recalls.
“I’ve shown up on set for a big shoot, and the stylist has looked me up and down and walked away to speak to the art director… Which I assume she didn’t do her research and must’ve forgotten I wasn’t a size two,” Molly continued.
“I want to be able to do what I love and not have it to do with size but just the fact that I am doing what I love,” the beautiful model explained.
The shots turned out stunningly and have hopefully shown naysayers that women of all sizes and body types can be models.
These days, the modeling industry relies on social media to garner interest in their latest talent.
Unfortunately, however, Facebook made the mistake of banning an ad featuring plus-size model Tess Holliday last year because it violated their health and fitness policy.
Learn more about the how Facebook dealt with the outrage that their actions caused in this video: