Miss Universe reverses ban on transgender model


In this image by Miss International Queen via YouTube, Jenna Talackova of Vancouver, British Columbia speaks in a video interview at the 2010 Miss International Queen Competition in Thailand where she urged her supporters to sign an online petition seeking her reinstatement. AP

OTTAWA—Canada’s Miss Universe pageant said Tuesday it would allow a transgendered model to compete in its pageant as long as Canada recognizes her gender as a woman.

Jenna Talackova was previously disqualified, she said, because she used to be male.

In an about-face, the Miss Universe Organization said in a statement it “will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”

The 23-year-old transgender model from the western Canadian city of Vancouver has accused the pageant of discrimination, and more than 28,000 supporters have signed an online petition demanding her reinstatement.

Talackova, who was selected among some 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, believes she was disqualified because of her sex change.

The story has flared through the British, US and Canadian media in recent days, sparking online protests.

Despite being born with male genitals, Talackova said in a 2010 interview that she knew she was a woman from a young age, began hormone therapy at 14, and had surgery to change her gender when she was 19.

The interview, on the sidelines of the 2010 Miss International Queen transgender pageant, can be found on YouTube.

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  • TulisangDagat

    haaay  ano ba yannnn!!!!!!

  • Pauline

    solution? Pasalihin niyo yung mga babae sa Ms. Gay pageants! tingnan lang natin kung magrereklamo din tong mga tao kapag nagreklamo ng discrimination yung babae sa isang Ms. Gay contest. hahahaha
    tingnan lang natin kung tatanggapin sila sa pageants tulad ng gusto nilang pagtanggap ng isang binabae sa isang pangBabaeng contest. Canada is losing its moral standards. It has fallen to absurdities by liberal militants.

    • i_am_kenadian

      Canada losing its moral standards???  How moral ba is your sense of morality? 
      And a third world, poor and morally bankrupt Philippines is telling Canada these?  LOL… Kakatawa ka naman.

    • Migz

      naku mas marami pang magagandang gay sa Ms Gay pageant kaysa sa mga girls na gustong sumali. bwahahaha

      • Shai

        Hindi lahat… maraming mukhang matsing… si Jenna mukhang maganda kasi puro retoke… artificial.

      • Shai

        I mean, hindi marami…..mas marami mukhang matsing hehe… kasi kahit kumikilos, nagdadamit babae sila, mukhang lalaki pa rin ano?

  • Rey Gan

    kadiri….kayo na lang manood niyan.

  • Emie

    Presenting!!!! ….. the first ever of a kind,  Miss Universe 2013

  • edleon

    LGBT rights are blasphemy to God!  

  • joboni96

    ok lang
    basta walang retoke

    ay mali ;))

  • yrrech

    ”  HE feels that HE is a WOMAN”??..but the reality is HE is a HE..and sex change doesnt change the fact that he is a HE… its not a matter of discrimination, its a matter of rules/policy,,so respect the rules..

  • Roel Requiro

    I totally disagree for Canada or the Miss Universe pageant committee for Jenna Talackova to be allowed to enter in the Miss Universe pageant.  Miss Universe is for females only thus Miss, as such there is a pre-pageant screening for this purpose among other things.  Good job on the committee catching this!  IMO allowing Jeanna to enter the pageant would bring discredit upon the Miss Universe Organization and all real female candidates.  She should instead join the Miss Gay contest if she wants to join a pageant as there should be no problem there.  I have no issues with gay people and there should be equal opportunity however there is a fine line to everything and things should be better left alone. 

    • Ross18

      Totally agree with you. and equality should also protects the natural born women that adhere to the rules to enter the pageant. For me its not fair to just change the rule and quote discrimination, in fairness to Jenna they have their own pageant which also have its own rules. The Miss Universe Pageant is a contest for all “Natural Born Women” lets keep it that way.

  • Shai

    Hindi porke mayaman ang Canada ay hindi na immoral.  Nandito rin ako sa Canada at puro kaimoralan ang nakikita ko dito.  Ikaw, porke nandito ka na rin nakalimutan mo na ang itinuro ng mga ninuno mo. Kahit saan ka mapunta pare Pinoy ka pa rin at inaapi ng mga foreigners. Kakatawa ka rin. 

    • Shai

      Para sa yo I_am_Kenadian ang message ko. 

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