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‘Playboy’ Mexico Is Making History With The First Ever Trans Woman On Its Cover

Playboy has long been an advocate for underrepresented communities. The world-famous publication has featured Black women, disabled women, and trans women long before society had deemed it ‘appropriate.’

Some of the magazines covers have caused such controversy for being so ‘ahead of their time’ that they were often pulled and banned from stores’ shelves.

In Mexico, that history is no different. The Mexican version of Playboy has made history once again by featuring for the first time ever a trans woman on its cover.

Playboy Mexico has featured a trans woman on its cover for the first time ever.

Hoping to support the battles for openness and diversity that are fought by so many across Mexico, Playboy Mexico has just launched a special issue that, in addition to breaking with gender stereotypes, will be a milestone within the LGBTQ community.

For the first time in the magazine’s history, a trans woman appears on the cover. Her name is Victoria Volkova, lifestyle and beauty influencer and YouTube star.

In launching the history-making edition, the magazine said, “Playboy Mexico, in line with its parent company in the United States, has always been in favor of all social struggles. We invite you to explore this edition that will undoubtedly become one of the favorites in your collection.”

“This cover celebrates the different ways of being a woman, the different ways of being beautiful, and the different ways of exploring your sensuality…,” said Volkova from her Instagram account where she also recounted her difficult process to reach acceptance of her body and who she is.

Volkova also expressed that she hoped the magazine could help make people educated on the conditions that trans people face in a country like Mexico and across the world.

“I hope that with this cover people are more curious to meet each other, to know what it is like to be a trans person, how we live and what we have to go through to live a dignified life, to be respected, to earn a living, to be listened to, to survive in this society that does not pay attention to us or our struggles,” she said.

Victoria Volkova is an outspoken and respected advocate for the country’s LGBTQ community.

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Victoria Volkova is a 27-year-old influencer from the Mexican state of Querétaro. She’s become most famous as someone who uses her platform to give advice on lifestyles and beauty. Her YouTube channel and Instagram each have more than a million followers.

She has been a constant fighter for the rights of Mexico’s LGBTQ community, especially when it comes to the inclusion and rights of transgender and transsexual people, mainly using her platform to speak out on behalf of the community.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, she has also positioned herself against sexist violence and has managed to be part of the trans struggle. Likewise, Victoria Volkova has a sister who is also an influencer and creates content for the video channel ‘Lenguas de Gato.’

Playboy has long been inclusive in their magazines around the world – but so much more work remains.

This is not the first time that a trans woman has starred on a Playboy cover worldwide. That honor goes to Caroline Cossey who became the first transgender woman to appear in the magazine in 1991, and in 2017 Ines Rau was the second. In 2018, the German edition featured trans model and activist Giuliana Farfalla.

Rau told Playboy being named a Playmate is a good way to speak her own truth. “When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” she said in the magazine. “And now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness. I thought, Am I really going to be a Playmate—me? It’s the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received. It’s like getting a giant bouquet of roses.”

Playboy has a long history of shining a light on social struggles and telling the stories of trans women and women of color all around the world.

Cooper Hefner, son of the late Hugh Hefner and current chief creative officer of Playboy, tweeted Wednesday that the magazine, and society at large should “be fighting for a more open world, not one that promotes hatred and a lack of acceptance.”

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The ‘Rebelde’ Reboot Coming To Netflix

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The ‘Rebelde’ Reboot Coming To Netflix

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Nostalgia has a way of taking us right back to who we were when we saw and heard some of our favorite things. “Rebelde” is definitely one of the top nostalgic moments in most Latino childhoods. Well, get ready because Netflix is bringing “Rebelde” back so you can dive back into the stories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.

“Rebelde” is coming back and this is definitely not a drill.

After years of being off the air, the historic and iconic show “Rebelde” is back and people cannot wait. The original cast has been good at keeping our love for them alive as they toured and created music. Most recently, RBD, the surviving band of original Rebelde members, dropped a new single to make the pandemic a little more tolerable.

We already know who is reprising their role in the reboot.

Celina Ferrer, played by Estefanía Villarreal, is coming back as the principal of the school. The official announcement letter was signed by the Elite Way School alumna.

“EWS is renowned for the excellence of its illustrious student body, young people ready to dazzle the world. In these halls, we have shaped icons who have gone on to entertain millions with their talent, and our classrooms have turned students into stars, ready for the big stage,” reads the letter. “Today, our Board of Directors is proud to present the next generation of young people who will become part of our prestigious institution in the upcoming 2022 school year. We welcome our future students Azul Guatia, Sergio Mayer Mori, Andrea Chaparro, Jeronimo Cantillo, Franco Masini, Lixeth Selene, Alejandro Puente, and Giovanna Grigio, who have been selected from an impressive list of applicants. The new students will start wearing the EWS uniform during orientation, which will start on March 1 of this year, thus preparing themselves for the upcoming 2022 school year at this institution, always committed to educating the leaders of tomorrow.”

Here’s a quick look at the new class.

Azul Guaita

Guaita is best known for her impressive TikTok account. She also starred in telenovelas ‘Mi marrido tiene familia” and “Soltero con hijas.” The 19-year-old Mexican actress has garnered more than 2 million followers on TikTok.

Sergio Mayer Mori

Mayer Mori is son of Mexican actor and producer Sergio Mayer and Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer and writer Bárbara Mori Ochoa. The young actor was in “Un padre no tan padre” in 2016.

Andrea Chaparro

Andrea is the daughter of famed Mexican actor Omar Chapparo. Hopefully the actress brings her unapologetic grunge vibes to the set in her role.

Jeronimo Cantillo

Cantillo is best known for his role in Verdad Oculta and Los Morales as well as his reggaeton music. The actor is bringing his award nominated acting chops and musical stylings to the highly anticipated Netflix reboot.

Franco Masini

Masini is one of the biggest names attached to the new “Rebelde” reboot. With several projects under his belt and more than 1 million Instagram followers, Masini is definitely bringing a large following to the Netflix show.

Lizeth Selene

Selene has made a name for herself as a musician and model. It is pretty impressive that her first acting job is going to be as part of the newest Rebelde class.

Alejandro Puente

Puente is an actor, writer, and director with a lot of success in Mexico. He is best known for his role as Todd Anderson in the Mexican stage adaptation of “Dead Poets Society.” He also stars in “El Club,” a crime drama television show in Mexico.

Giovanna Grigio

Grigio comes to the Elite Way School with 6 million Instagram followers and a lot of experience. The Brazilian actress has starred in several television shows and movies and will definitely bring some strong talent to the show.

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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