Jenna Talackova wrote on her registration form for Miss Universe Canada that she was born female. She looks the part of a hot supermodel but officials for the pageant found out she was actually born a man and any dream of taking the title was stripped away. Talackova revealed in a 2010 Youtube interview for the Miss International Queen competition in that she started hormone therapy at age 14 and had gender reassignment surgery at 19.
The Toronto Star spoke to the national director of Miss Universe Canada Denis Davila and he told them that even though they considered Talackova a “real girl,” the rules state contestants must be “a naturally born female.” Her disqualification came on the same day she admitted it was a fact she was born a male. According to the Huffington Post, Miss Universe Canada officials released a statement explaining the reason and showing support for her:
“She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her form. We do, however, respect her goals, determination, and wish her the best.”
Talackova talked to Canada’s CTV and said she is “not giving up” and is seeking help from a lawyer. The Miss Universe Canada website has removed all pictures of Jenna Talackova and have replaced her with another contestant.
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