Published On: Thu, Apr 5th, 2012

Jenna Talackova Allowed to Join Miss Universe Canada

Backing down to perceived public pressure over discrimination issue, the Miss Universe Organization, headed by franchise owner Donald Trump, reversed its earlier decision to disqualify transgender contestant Jenna Talackova from competing in the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Last month, the 23-year-old Talackova who hails from Vancouver was disqualified as a finalist by organizers of the Miss Universe Canada competition because she was born a ‘male’. Miss Universe pageant rules allegedly state that contestants must be “naturally born” females.

According to Talackova herself, she underwent a sex change four years ago.

Talackova teamed up with high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred to petition her case, and just hours after their news conference on Tuesday, Trump’s organization said in a statement that Talackova will be allowed to compete “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”

Talackova’s case is banking on the merits that the pageant requirement for “natural born” females does not comply with Canadian human rights legislation.

About the Author

- is a former Entertainment News Editor at The University of Tennessee's independent student newspaper, the Daily Beacon. She acts on her passion to improve citizen journalism through various initiatives such as the OJO, Citizen Journalist League, the World Journalists Summit, and InterJOURN. Leslie is co-author and creative director of various citizen journalism books that is sold in the United States and the U.K.

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