This week end my partner Liz and I are planning to see the newest James Bond film. Thinking of going has brought back memories of the “Bond girl who was born a boy”:
Caroline Cossey, also known as Tula, made headlines as the first transgender model to pose for Playboy magazine. Prominent throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s,
Cossey worked with major fashion magazines and small brands, even appearing topless in denim ads. Her big break came with a cover spread for Playboy in 1981, which led to her role as an extra in James Bond’s film For Your Eyes Only.
After being outed by a British tabloid in 1991, she made a comeback by posing for Playboy again, this time in a solo spread that dubbed her a “beautiful woman who was born a boy.”
Of course I couldn’t wait to grab a copy of “Playboy” to get my glimpse of this impossibly beautiful transgender woman.