Transexual Jenna Talackova will participate in Miss Universo Canada
April 4, 2012
Miss Universe Canada beauty queen Jenna Talackova will be allowed to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition on May 19 in Toronto.
The transgender 23-year-old was disqualified last week when the Miss Universe Organization discovered that the contestant from Vancouver was not a “naturally born female.”
Talackova has identified as a female since the age of 4 and began hormone therapy at age 14. She underwent gender reassignment surgery at 19.
The aspiring model turned to high-profile legal eagle Gloria Allred amid the firestorm of controversy and that move apparently paid off.
Donald Trump and his pageant organization have reversed their initial decision: “We will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”