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?


Thats just fkn wrong! Its for REAL women.. Not for men who want to be woman.. Sorry


All the women who scream and rant and rave for equal rights, equal pay and equal opportunities....well, you have to be willing to give the same rights and freedoms to those everyone else. It does not matter that she was born a man. She is a woman now and fits the criteria.


DNA test don't lie and if one was performed on Mr. Talackova it would reveal that he is a male, no matter how much surgery he has!


Camz, she is following the rules. She is a citizen of Canada and meets the age requirement. Those are the only rules. They may chose to change born a female after this incident.


*should be able to compete at all. Allowing transwomen to compete doesn't take anything away from cis gendered contestants. It just means that all women are given the option, not just the ones you're comfortable with.


Camz and Nononesense - While I agree that, yes she was born a man and on't think either of you can speak to the physical or emotional pain she went through to become the woman she is now. Let HER be who SHE is and quit passing judgement.


He's a man period.


Im sorry. I'm all for gender equality. But her genes say she's a guy. If those are the rules then it should be followed. Change the rules and come again, but for now - she should be unable to enter.
And I'm thinking... If she's not naturally a woman, then what's left for the real females if it's so easy for her to enter?food for thought...