Vancouver, Canada – She may have the look of a beauty queen but Jenna Talackova will not have the ability to prove it. The Vancouver model was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest for being born a biological male. She has already undergone gender reassignment surgery.
National director of Miss Universe Canada Denis Davila told the Toronto Star that while they consider Talackova to be a “real girl,” Miss Universe rules stipulate that contestants must be a “naturally born female.”
Davila also told the Star that Talackova indicated on her registration form that she was born female. Once she revealed to the contest that she was born male she was immediately disqualified.
Miss Universe Canada released the following statement,
Talackova was disqualified because “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.”
Talakaove said in a 2010 interview, she knew she was a female before she was five years old and began hormone replacement when he was 14. She underwent reassignment surgery at 19.
Talackova told CTV she’s “not giving up” and is consulting a lawyer. The beauty pageant has scrubbed all references to her from their website and marketing literature.
Beauty Pageants seem to be ground zero for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights. Considering their appeal to the community it seems as if this may be the right forum to voice the concerns of the community. Recently in California a contestant was asked about her views on marriage equality and she responded that in her opinion marriage is between a man and a woman.
She didn’t advance to win the competition.
Watch the news report where Jenna Talakova is kicked out of the competition.