Jenna Talackova has been removed as a contestant for Miss Universe Canada after it was revealed she used to be a he.
“Jenna Talackova from Vancouver, British Columbia, will not compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” the pageant organization said Friday in a statement. “We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best.”
It appears that at the age of 19 Talackova underwent gender reassignment and has been self identifying as a girl since the age of four. On her now private Twitter account she recently posted, “I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up. I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination.” When asked in 2010 how she identified herself in terms of gender, “I regard myself as a woman — with a history”, she replied.
The miss Universe Canada is a feeder contest for Donald Trumps Miss Universe pageant, and sadly the contest rules stipulate that contestants be, “…female and never have been married or pregnant.”
You can watch Talackova in a Miss International Queen pagent for transsexuals and transgenders below. Fast forward to the 8 minute mark.
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