Jenna Talackova disqualified as 2012 Miss Universe Canada finalist after realized of being a transgender beauty

By on Mar 26, 2012 in Lifestyle, North America Comments

Updated: April 3, 2012 11:45 a.m.

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Jenna Talackova, a 2012 Miss Universe Canada finalist, was disqualified from the beauty pageant after it was later learned that she is not a ‘naturally-born female’, but an on-going online petition wants her to be back.

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According to press release by Miss Universe Canada on Friday, March 23, 2012, transgender beauty Jenna Talackova is not anymore included in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant which will be held at the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts (Bluma Appel Theatre) in Toronto.

Jenna Talackova from Vancouver, British Columbia will not compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.” A statement reads at

“We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best.” The official website of Miss Universe Canada added, noting that Talackova is already not among the 65 Miss Universe Canada 2012 candidates which will have its grand coronation night on Saturday, May 19th, 2012.

However, Canadian news reported that the 23-year old 6’1″ transgender beauty, who began hormone therapy at 14 and underwent sɛxual reassignment surgery at 19, said that she will not give up easily.

“I’m disqualified; however I’m not giving up. I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination.” Jenna Talackova (@JennaTalackova) tweeted, whose account is protected and tweets can be only be seen by her confirmed followers.

Meanwhile, an online petition at asking the Donald Trump–owned beauty pageant to reinstate Jenna Talackova as among the 2012 Miss Universe Canada finalists, saying that she was unfairly disqualified and her disqualification is discriminatory and unjust.

The online petition, which was started by Oscar Dimant of Brooklyn, New York and has now nearly 14,500 signatures, noted that Talackova is a woman and deserves to be treated as any other woman would be, and that her being a transgender is completely irrelevant.

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