Vancouver-based beauty queen Jenna Talackova, a transgender, who was booted out from the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant, will be able to compete in the contest, provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements.
The Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant disqualified the 23-year-old Canadian model stating that the contestant should be a “naturally born female,” and that she “did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” in an earlier statement.
However, the organization did not state the nature of the mandatory requirements that Talackova did not meet.
Scores of fans from all round the world came out in her support. Some expressed their rage over the organizers on social-media sites like Facebook, Twitter and other (over 40,000) cohorts signed an online petition supporting Jenna Talackova and her re-entry in the competition, who alleged that she was thrown out of the contest “solely for being transgender… which is discriminatory, unjust, and quite frankly disgusting.”
Well, apparently the support and efforts of her followers has paid off and the New York-based organization has agreed to give clearance to her re-entry in the contest.
The Miss Universe Organization 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, the Miss Universe Canada organization said in a statement, Monday.
The 6.1-ft tall blonde beauty boasts all the qualities of a perfect beauty queen. Talackova was born a male, but identified herself as a female at the age of four. She began her hormone therapy at 14 and underwent a sex-change operation in 2010.
I'm disqualified; however I'm not giving up. I'm not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination,” Talackova tweeted earlier on being saddened to see her profile being pulled-off the Miss Universe official website for being born a male.
These words of inspiration have touched my heart, all of you are the miss.Universe [sic] beauty queens and kings in my eyes! the overwhelmed transgender model tweeted to her fans.
She was selected among the 65 finalists for the competition to be held in Toronto on May 19.