Jenna Talackova, Transgender Beauty Pageant Contestant, Disqualified from Miss Universe Canada

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A new beauty pageant scandal has broken out, but this one has nothing to do with naked photos or a contestant's stance on gay marriage.

Jenna Talackova - a 23-year old who was born a man, but who underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 19 - has been disqualified from Miss Universe Canada because, according to a statement from the organization, she does not "meet the requirements to compete, despite having stated otherwise on her entry form."

Producers added that they do respect Talackova's "goals, determination and wish her the best."

Jenna Talackova Picture

"I am very disappointed with the decision taken by the Miss Universe ... organizers," Talackova said in a statement released today. "However, I will look to turn this situation into a positive so that other people in a similar situation are not discriminated against in the future."

Denis Davila, the director of the event, says there are rules in place that make it clear one must be born a woman in order to compete. Jenna, he says, indicated on her original registration that she was female, only to later explain her unusual situation.

Reactions to the decision have been mixed with over 20,000 signatures on a petition to reverse the pageant ruling.

What do you think? Should Talackova have been disqualified?


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Banning her on the grounds of being transgender/ transexual is absolutely ridiculous. She is clearly a woman and extremely beautiful, and is a fair contestant, in my opinion, for a beauty pageant... the only thing they could fairly disqualify her for (if there are any rules regarding body modifications) would be for having plastic surgery. But to disqualify her for simply being transgender... is so discriminatory it's disgusting.


sigh - the thing is - its a pageant for women... just like they have the mens 100m races and one for women... its a pageant for women. and if you test her/his DNA it will say she/he is a man.... regardless as too what she WANTS to be - the laws of science have spoken. They have rules... she is very beautiful btw...i feel sorry but i aggree with them 100%


sorry but they don't qualify. "reassignment" is not the same as your naturally born gender at birth. They were surgically altered to CHANGE their gender and are technically still Male.


Let me get this straight... She was a man, that is now a man and her name is Jenna Talackova? Sound that out, Jennatallackova, (genital lack of a) are you kidding me?


Total discrimination. Whether people are born naturally as female or male, they should be permitted into any contest. We, as humans, should be treated equally, not discriminated against. It's the same with religion or race. The world is forever changing. Gays, lesbians, transgender are ALL human!!!


Men shouldnt be aloud on pagents lol .. Alittle bit tacky? He can try out the drag pagents? When a man tries to change themselves all they look like is a drag with makeup!


For me its not against Human Rights.. Because the competition Miss Universe CAnada has its own qualification and he fakes it.... he can be sued by fraud. Even though he looks like a real women, but still his still a man. Because true biological women can capable bearing a child. Even you are transgender and you want to transplant a uterus. But still it wont work.


thats a stupid reason to disqualify someone


... There are a lot beauty pageants for trans in the world mainly in Thailand . I think she should have joined those of kind of pageants because she is really not qualified for Miss Universe because ever since Miss universe if for Natural born woman . Although , It shows that most of the contestant real women are underwent plastic surgery but they are still biological women. The issue of why she was disqualified does not implicate because of equality , it definitely implicates the real MISS UNIVERSE ... Yes, it is given that i have seen that she is the most beautiful contestant among the contestans of the miss universe canada however she is still a trans .. For me, my opinion as a trans as well , is she threatened of joining a beauty pageant in thailand because there are more beautiful trans there than her ... that's my opinion ... and i just want to add .. she is not just trying to join just a small competition but that is a miss universe already ...


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Let's say she was given a thumbs up to proceed with the pageant /contest because of gender equality, will she be a credible honest miss canada? I fear not coz she lied to the organizing body by not disclosing her real past identity or gender and decieved the judges. I i can see Grandpa Trump is scratching his head