Mbappe: World Cup Golden Boot Winner Reportedly Dating Trans Model Rau

Mbappe: World Cup Golden Boot Winner Reportedly Dating Trans Model Rau

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
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  • After the end of his relationship with Emma Smet, Kylian Mbappe is reportedly dating Ines Rau
  • Rau, who had gender reassignment surgery at 16, has a diverse career of modelling and dancing
  • Despite fast-growing reports about their relationship, neither Mbappe or Rau have commented

Kylian Mbappe has been dating famous model Ines Rau for several months after breaking up with actress Emma Smet, Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sports reports.

According to media reports, Mbappe and Rau have been in a relationship for several months, and were first seen together during the Cannes Film Festival in May this year.

The pair were subsequently seen on a yacht, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar lifting up his heartthrob as they shared a romantic moment together.

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Kylian Mbappe is allegedly dating transgender model Ines Rau. Photo credit: @KMbappe @freshpeople_off @DiarioDiezHn
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Who is Ines Rau?

Rau was Playboy magazine’s ‘Playmate of the month’ for their November issue, making her the first openly transgender woman to be featured that way.

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She boasts over one million followers on Instagram. Since coming out, Rau has also become an advocate for transgender rights.

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said that coming out as transgender was a liberating experience.

“It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever,” she said. “The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself.”
Kylian Mbappe's reported girlfriend Ines Rau
Ines Rau at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Cannes Gala in France. Photo: Stefano Rellandini.
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How Ines Rau became transgender

Although born to Algerian parents in Paris as a male, Rau transitioned and underwent gender reassignment surgery when she was 16.

She divulged her transgender identity when at age 24 through her autobiography Woman, in which she wrote it was the most redeeming thing in her life.

According to Rau, she was inspired by the life story of English trans model Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey.

Over the years, she has received several undesirable comments. Regardless, Rau seems to be unperturbed and has built herself to become one of the world’s renowned models.

The 32-year-old has several endorsements deals for brands such as Alexis Bittar, Barneys, Balmain Hair and Maison Margiela.

It is little wonder she is among the wealthiest models, with a reported net worth of about $1.5 million, per Forbes and Business Insider.

Girlfriends Mbappe had allegedly dated

Before claims of Mbappe dating Rau surfaced, the France and PSG star had been rumoured to have dated several ladies in the past.

First, it was singer Alicia Aylies. Prior to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, reports suggested that the striker was dating the 2017 Miss France.

Briefly after the news died down, Mbappe was believed to be courting Emma Smet. Both were seen watching a game and that ignited rumours in the French media that they were in love. In her response, Smet said that if she began commenting on all of the images taken of her, she would have a tough time getting out of it.

Also in the picture was Stella Maxwell - a former Victoria's Secret model who boasts over 8 million followers on Instagram.

Stella Maxwell was rumoured to have dated French star Mbappe
Stella Maxwell during the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2022. Photo: Lia Toby
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Mbappe meets long-distance fan

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Mbappe shared a heartwarming moment with a young girl - who travelled over 90 kilometres on a bicycle to meet him.

The girl, identified as Camille, left Dreux three days earlier with her father and they cycled all the way to Paris to meet the PSG star.

Camille suffers from a rare congenital disease, VACTERL syndrome, which affects many parts of the body and can cause complications including spinal problems and cardiac issues.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.