Filipino-American model Geena Rocero will make history as the first Asian Pacific Islander to pose for a Playboy centerfold. She also happens to be transgender.
The 35-year-old model took to Instagram last week to announce the news to her followers.
“PROUD to be the First Trans Asian Pacific Islander @PlayboyAugust Playmate!!!!” the model said in a recent Instgaram post commemorating the occasion.
“To now be a part of the ICONIC Playboy Family is a definite pinch me moment, as I think of that little Trans Filipina who grew up in the little alleys of Manila. Woah!!!!” she said when the news of her being a Playmate was first announced during Pride Month.
She follows in the footsteps of Ines Rau, who became Playboy‘s first openly trans Playmate ever back in 2017.
Rocero, who will appear in Playboy’s August issue, said she hopes her success will inspire others.
“I feel that I’m making it possible for someone to reach for their biggest dreams just like the people who came before me,”
“I also hope that for anyone who’s been deemed ‘other’ to know what makes you different is your power, especially the unapologetic expression of your sexuality, gender, and the value of your unique perspective,” the model added.