Hugh Hefner to make history with own 'Playboy' cover

Playboy Magazine's 2013 Playmate of the Year ceremony held at the Playboy Mansion. Featuring: Crystal Hefner, Hugh Hefner Where: Holmy Hills, California, United States When: 09 May 2013 Credit: FayesVision/

Late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner will make history by becoming the first solo man to feature on the cover of the magazine.

A 1965 portrait of the publisher, who passed away last month, will grace the November/December 2017 issue.

Hefner was 39 in photographer Larry Gordon's shot.

Hef will become the 11th man to grace the cover, but the first to appear without a female model.

The new issue of the magazine will feature a piece from Hefner's son Cooper, as well as a celebration of the magazine mogul's life.

The new issue will also feature Playboy's first transgender playmate.

Ines Rau, who has posed for the magazine before, tells the men's magazine she's honored to break new ground, stating, "When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood, 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."

Ines, who poses nude in the new Playboy, adds, "Nudity means a lot to me, since I went through a transition to get where I want to be. Nudity is a celebration of the human being without all the excess. It's not about sexuality but the beauty of the human body, whether male or female."