Nokyoung Xayasane
April 03, 2012

Transgender Beauty Queen Given the Go-Ahead from Miss Universe Canada

Who would have thought a beauty pageant would be so judgmental? JK. That’s what beauty pageants are all about. But when transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova was denied to compete in Miss Universe Canada, many felt the decision unfair. The organization have since changed their tune so long as Talackova meets the Canadian legal requirements for being a woman.

Talackova was booted from the competition two weeks after the head of Miss Universe Canada discovered the blonde beauty was not born a female. Beauties of Canada, the overseer of the pageant stated that “she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.” Talackova responded via tweet by saying she was “disqualified for being born.”

The 23-year-old beauty contestant says she knew she was a girl at age 4, and had begun hormone therapy at 14. She later underwent a reassignment surgery at 19. The Trump-owned organization had denied Talackova until GLAAD came to her rescue. The Gay & Lesbian  Alliance Against Defamation demanded that Miss Universe Organization review her case.

In response to the new decision, GLAAD believes that the Miss Universe Organization has “taken an important first step,” and urges the beauty organization to speak out in support for the transgender community.