Jenna Talackova, a native of Vancouver, will not be competing in this year’s Miss Universe Canada pageant because she was born a male.
CTV has the story:
Miss Universe Canada has confirmed that it disqualified a B.C. pageant finalist who was recently revealed to be transgender.
Vancouver resident Jenna Talackova made blog headlines last Tuesday when it was discovered that the 6-1 tall blond, who had been named among 65 Miss Universe Canada contenders, had undergone sexual reassignment surgery.
Her inclusion was applauded by many online but drew scorn from some who argued beauty pageants should be for “naturally born” women only — language widely considered to be prejudiced and derogatory in the transgender community.
Within days, the 23-year-old’s photos and profile were scrubbed from the Donald Trump-owned pageant’s website.
Miss Universe Canada issued a statement Friday saying Talackova “did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.”
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