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?

 

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Fuck the bible. It's a book. That's like me saying "Guys! Guys! The Superman was actually a fucking guy in the Amy that made all of us! Who would have fucking guessed?" No. She was born male but changed because she felt she needed to be female. Get the fuck over it, you Jesus-freaks.

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I think that she deserves to be apart of this pageant cause all people are created equal and in that video at the top of the screen it talks about how trump does agree to let Jenna do this. It is going to change a lot for a lot plod people but that's how life is, people deserve to do what they believe is right. Go Jenna you fag!

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she should go to miss transgender,
miss universe should ban implants

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he is not a woman. she should not be allowed to join. he is a transgendered woman. just because he have artificial vagina and take hormonal pills makes her a real woman. miss universe is a contest for real woman not these fake wannabe woman. her chromosomes has Y means he's a man.

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wonder* not wander lol

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okay i have to put my word in here. She was ment to be a girl God messed up and set her up to do this. He helped her become what she wanted. He is not fooled by this. He has every ones life planned out for them before they are even born. He realized he messed up this story. So he fixed it as HER life went on. I know im a 13 year old. But I think she's very inspiring. She's gorgeous and is comfortable in her body. Who are you all to judge? She should be in the pageant because she has always been a girl no matter what. She's will go to that pageant May 19 and she will win.

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HE IS STILL A MAN! NO MATTER WHAT HE HAS BEEN THRU IN LIFE. HE LOOKS LIKE SORT-OF-WOMAN BUT IM SURE HE STILL THINKS LIKE A MAN.

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This is an insult to all natural born woman who wanted to join beauty pageant but got declined! He isnt a she in God's eye.. He was born a male!

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Sorry, but Jesus would NOT approve. Idk what bible you've been reading, but it's not the right one. I understand that it's 2012 and everyone is entitled to do what they want with their bodies, but that doesn't mean Jesus would be ok with it. And this is Miss Universe. I'm sure Jenna is a sweet woman, but the pageant is meant for naturally born woman. If someone refused to show off their bodies in swimwear because they feel it's demeaning, should they be allowed in the pageant?

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