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Tyson Beckford gets close with transgender model Ines Rau for magazine photoshoot that has everyone talking

Tyson-Beckford-and-transgender-model-Ines-Rau-2Provocative meets artistic in the latest shoot for French Magazine OOB, starring Tyson Beckford.

The veteran model has the Internet buzzing after posing in a hot, sultry, seductive and artistic editorial with transgender model Ines Rau. The shots, snapped by photographer Rodolfo Martinez, feature nothing but skin as the two models embrace each other for the very ‘nekkid’, very seductive, straight-out-of-the-shower, love-making images.And the images have set the Internet on fire. Rightly entitled ‘In Our Skin’, the series of photos takes on both literal and figurative meaning, as both Tyson and Rau’s bodies are intertwined and harmoniously posed for the majority of the black-and-white spread (they’re a little too raunchy for my blog, but see the full images HERE). But what makes the spread both provocative and controversial (aka viral-worthy) is that it features Tyson posed crotch-to-crotch with Rau and teasingly biting at her lip. Those kind of pictures tend to rehash all sorts of speculation about his sexuality. Why? Because what straight man would pose unclothed in such compromising positions with a transgender woman?

The answer, of course, is a working model, whose job it is to be professional and model. Oh, and a non-homophobe, who in a previous interview with BET, addressed the gay rumors by saying:

“Yeah, it’s just one hater that put that on me. But, don’t get me wrong, I work with GLAAD, I work with Gay Men’s Health Crisis—I work with all of that. It’s just I’m a straight man who got a little bit of style so they just say, ‘He’s gay.’”

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  1. mark

     /  November 9, 2013

    all that glitters aint gold. Na to dey tell girl to naked for you before you marry am naim remain o, cos outwardly, this trangender people are blurring the lines o

  2. abikoye

     /  November 9, 2013

    So what will this teach us? #commentreserved

  3. alexie

     /  November 12, 2013

    Ok……i had to click on d link nd talk bout raunchy photos……tho i wld hv luvd to b at d photoshoot*mischievious*


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