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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discrimenation onhuman rights fact is now woman period.I think you owe her two crowns and a big settlement for discremination.Donald Trump maybe she can help you with your hair .


She is beautiful woman who has been unfairly treated.


Hmm thats unfair considering most "women" are transgender. Over 80% of the "female" population in the WORLD was originally created MALE.


definitely wrong. kicked off for lying? maybe, kicked off cause SHE wasn't born female, that is prejudiced and wrong


He is so ugly PD!


it looks like a dude to me. No matter how much a man tries to look like a chick its not going to work. Look at the jaw line. dude those cheek implants oh god.


If he/ she is allowed to be in the pageant then that basically sets women back another 50 years. It's not about "human rights" it's about "man" and his overwhelming urge to constantly dominate everything. I can see it now, "And the award for best actress goes to.....a man!"


@Heather you speak as if you have such an inside knowledge of what God is capable of...and what he is not. What his inner thoughts and purposes are. Yet somehow you come off so very clueless. Right. Well, I guess that's what comes when you're taking a big guess at it all! And thus, it signals to the rest of us we can take your comments with a grain of salt.


The fact that she lied on the application is a problem.Sounds like this is a situation concerning behavior NOT How she entered this world. How is she living??? Living as a woman?? or trans.? Sounds like this would be the perfect media situation for a trans wanting to make a mark. In this case she should be disqualified.


Yes,he will be disqualified because they lie.and besides only born as woman should compete the Miss Universe.not a transequal gender