As Miss November 2017, Playmate, Ines Rau is more than happy to kick off the holidays with her lovely and bold spread by the photographer, Derek Kettela. Looking absolutely fierce before a red backdrop, Ines is so grateful for her closeup. “When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” she says. “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.” Loving the skin she’s in, this 26-year-old model has learned a lot over the years about herself and how to be comfortable with who she is. “I’m an advocate for anyone who is scared to be who they really are because they fear being judged or rejected,” she says. “They should be empowered by their differences and not be who society tells them to be. Embrace yourself and be proud of who you are with your imperfections. It’s all in the mind, you know?” We couldn’t agree more, Miss Ines. If you’re loving this spread from the beautiful, Ines, let her know in the comments below, right here on Playboy Plus!