March 27, 2012

Miss Universe Canada Finalist Disqualified for Being a Boy (VIDEO | 4 PICS)

Jenna Talackova claims she was discriminated against when Miss Universe Canada organisers disqualified her from the competition.
Take a look at beauty queen Jenna Talackova and you’ll never guess why the Miss Universe Canada-to-be was disqualified.

The 23-year-old Canadian bombshell was eliminated from running for the Donald Trump pageant for being born biologically male, according to CTVBC News. The 6-foot-1 beauty, who was named a finalist among 65 candidates, had undergone sexual reassignment surgery, which is supposed grounds for elimination by the organization.

In a statement released Friday, Miss Universe Canada said that Talackova “did not meet the requirements to compete” after specifying she was born female on her application.

“We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best,” it read.

National director of Miss Universe Canada Denis Davila told The Toronto Star that while they consider Talackova to be a “real girl,” Miss Universe rules stipulate that contestants must be a “naturally born female.”

On CTVBC, Talackova said she wouldn’t speak publicly on the matter until she sought legal consultation this week. She did take to her Twitter account (which is now private) to express her sentiments, tweeting that she had been disqualified “over discrimination.”

This video from Miss International shows Talackova at the 8-minute mark

“I’m not giving up,” she added.

In a 2010 interview, Talackova, who placed as a finalist in the Miss International Queen transgender pageant in Thailand, said that she’s always known she was a woman since she was four years-old, starting hormone therapy at 14 and eventually getting the surgery done when she was 19.

While some have applauded her participation in the pageant, others have argued that the competition should be limited to those who were born biologically female. In a society where the definition of beauty is constantly changing, was Talackova’s disqualification from Miss Universe Canada justified or should transgenders have their own pageant?

Jenna Talackova began hormone therapy at 14.

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