Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova was everything Miss Universe Canada was looking for when she was selected among 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, blonde, 6' 1", and smart.
But the 23-year-old has been disqualified from the competition because she was born a male. Jenna had sexual reassignment surgery when she was 19.
Pageant organizers released a statement,
“She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,”
We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best,” it concludes, without specifying what requirements she did not meet."
Apparently the rules of the pageant actually specify that you must be, "a natural born female" (has this happened before??)
I have to admit, if there was a Miss Canada Transgender she's got my vote. Chivers, would you?