Kayla Rae Reid Dominique Jane Carolina Cossey ( Tula ) Transsexual Model Topless Nude Playboy’s USA – July-August 2015

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Kayla Rae Reid Dominique Jane Carolina Cossey ( Tula ) Transsexual Model Topless Nude Playboy’s USA – July-August 2015 An exclusive interview with Tula, the controversial woman who became the first transgender model to bare all in Playboy, almost a quarter century ago
By Shane Michael Singh
efore Bruce Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer, before Laverne Cox earned an Emmy nod for Orange Is the New Black and before President Barack Obama appointed the first transgender woman to a senior government position, there was Tula. A striking six-foot-tall British model whose face graced magazine covers and popped up in national ad campaigns for vodka and lingerie in the 1970s, Caroline “Tula” Cossey never yearned to be more than a working model and, someday, a wife. But when her enormous success as a model backfired into public hysteria, she had deci-sions to make. She could stand and fight, or she could run away. She chose to fight. In the wake of it all, Tula would become the first of many things, much to her surprise. In June 1981, Tula debuted as a Bond girl in For Your Eyes Only. To promote the film, she, along with the film’s other Bond girls, appeared in a PLAYBOY pictorial, images from which appear in these pages. Tula’s career was soar-ing. Life was good. But everything changed the following year. The British tabloid News of the World revealed Tula’s secret in a single headline: JAMES BOND GIRL WAS A BOY.
Indeed, Tula came into the world as Barry Cossey. She knew she was different from the beginning—a woman born in a man’s body. In 1974, after years of hormone therapy and counseling as well as a breast augmentation, she completed her transition with gender-reassignment surgery at a London hospital. The tabloid’s revelation in 1982 turned her into a media sensation. She became known as the “transsexual Bond girl.” Peo-ple around the world—some naive, some ill-willed and many flat-out confused—wanted to know her story. So she decided to tell it, to own it and become a poised, albeit reluctant, leader in educating the world about an ignored, misunderstood and often-maligned minority. Over the next decade, Tula would pen two memoirs, battle the British govern-ment to change her gender on her birth certificate and talk about her transi-tion on programs including The Howard Stern Show and The Arsenio Hall Show. She would also marry a wealthy businessman, who deserted her mere days after their honeymoon. As a beautiful woman at the forefront of a sociosexual-rights struggle, Tula approached PLAYBOY and asked to pose for the magazine. We signed on. In September 1991, she
Tula as Barry Cossey, born in a tiny Norfolk, England village.

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