Victoria Volkova is making history in Mexico as the first trans woman to make the cover of Playboy Mexico.
Volkova is a lifestyle and beauty influencer and YouTube personality popular in Mexico. The 27-year-old was born in the Mexican state of Querétaro and has become a leading advocate for trans rights and the LGBTQ+ community in her home country.
“Playboy Mexico, in line with its parent company in the United States, has always been in favor of all social struggles," the magaine said in a statement. "We invite you to explore this edition that will undoubtedly become one of the favorites in your collection.”
Volkova celebrated the milestone on Instagram, saying, “this cover celebrates the different ways of being a woman, different ways of being beautiful, the different ways of exploring your sensuality and enjoying your process.”
She added that she hopes the cover makes people more curious. “More curious to know each other, more curious to know what it is like to be a trans person. More curious about how trans people live in this country and in the world and what we have to go through to live a dignified life, to be respected, to earn a living, to earn the respect of others, to be heard and dignified, to get a job, to survive school, to survive in this society that does not turn to look at us or our problems.”
“For a long time I hated my body and hated being a trans woman,” she wrote Now, she’s learned to love herself for who she is, and “see everything that makes [me] beautiful and valuable.”
Volkova joins fellow trans women Roberta Close, Caroline Cossey, Ines Rau, Giuliana Farfalla, and Geena Rocero, as being the only out trans women to appear in Playboy. Roberta Close was reportedly the first, appearing on the cover of Playboy Brazil in the 1980s. Cossey was next, appearing in the U.S. version of the publication 1991. (She had appeared in the glossy back in 1981 but was not publicly known to be trans. She was outed between appearances.) Rau came later and was the first to be an offical Playmate — she had been slated to appear on the cover but Hugh Hefner's death saw the publication change it at the last minute. Farfalla was featured in Playboy Germany in 2018 and in 2019, Rocero followed Rau and became the first trans Asian Pacific Islander Playmate.