Jenna Talackova: I Was Born in the Wrong Body

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Transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova says in a new interview that even at four years old, she knew she was "in the wrong body."

Talackova, who was booted from Miss Universe Canada for not being a "naturally born female," then allowed back in after all, sat down with ABC's 20/20.

Accompanied by her mother and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, the beauty revealed to Barbara Walters that at birth, she was actually named "Walter."

Talackova, 23, who was called "tranny" and "it" by bullies at school, started hormone therapy at 14. Later, she underwent gender reassignment surgery.

That converted her male genitalia to female and made her the woman she is now.

"It was terribly painful," Talackova told Walters of the procedure, "but seeing something on your body for that long and not even being able to look at myself in the mirror because I couldn't stand seeing the other part, it was very rewarding, too."

To complete her physical transformation, Jenna Talackova said, she also received breast implants and had her Adam’s apple removed in the following years.

Her legal transformation became complete as she changed her Canadian driver's license, passport and birth certificate to reflect her gender reassignment.

She is now recognized as female by the Canadian government, and lives a full life as a heterosexual woman. She says she has a boyfriend, a man she says is near her age.

He is "very supportive … just an amazing man."

And she's taken the beauty pageant controversy and turned it into an opportunity to help pave the way for other transgendered men and women.

"I feel like the universe, the creator just put me in this position as an advocate," she told Walters. "And now it's like this, and I'll take that position. If it's helping anybody else, by sharing my story and with my actions, then I feel great about it."

The Miss Universe Canada pageant takes place May 19. Do you think she should be disqualified because of her transgender status?


yeah he was born in the wrong body..he was born in the body with a hippo nose


I'd bum it


Fabulous info, Has my self being in an third gender category - Anu Priya


(continued) I have no doubt about Jenna K. She is a woman. I don't care about chromosomes or a uterus. I was married to a woman who lost her uterus to cancer. Jenna has plenty of guts. It's impressive she said said life fell in her lap, and now she'll deal with it AND help others. No excuses - it's her life and she'll deal with it. That takes guts. God bless her AND her boyfriend. I'd be impressed with her if I were her husband. This is small potatoes. If she were to "hit on me" - heck, it wouldn't be hard loving her. She's got a great head on her shoulders and she's plenty woman enough for me.


Now this type of competition are just celebrating plastic surgery. It is not made for the real women anymore, it is a shame and it is disgusting. She is not a woman, she was born a man and decided to "become a woman", she will never get pregnant, or now at days you never know, but my point is she is not a woman.


She's the man/He's the


Transgender-Not a woman. Yes She made manys changes and looks Like a woman! But she isn't!


she is a woman at the age of 4 and she was born as a man to show everyone, that everything could be change in technological world. as what we could see nowadays that people were suffering just to get what they want and they need to suffer because it is there own choice. she need to change because her heart was not fit to her physical identity.


(cont.) funds toward research. However, more socially advanced and progressive countries have made an effort. Hell, Sweden's even trying to use gender-neutral pronouns. Anyhow, a study worth considering: The Dutch Institute of Brain Research found that male-to-female transsexuals had FEMALE brain structures. However, I'm not trying to convert. People are entitled to their own opinions and their own research (which I encourage EVERYONE to do, instead of basing their argument on, well, nothing).


Hey Chase- -
YOU'RE NOT A HAPPY INDIVIDUAL . . .try, "praying" to God. He'll make a believer out you yet. ;)