Jenna Talackova on ABC Barbara Walters interview: “I thought that I was in the wrong body” (Video)

By on Apr 6, 2012 in Lifestyle, North America, Television, United States Comments

Updated: May 20, 2012 2:30 p.m.

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Jenna Talackova, the transgender beauty who was disqualified from the 2012 Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant because she was not a “naturally born female”, was interviewed with Barbara Walters, with the preview video available below.

Jenna Talackova and Barbara Walters
Image Credit: Heidi Gutman/ABC

As noted at on Friday, April 6, 2012, Jenna Talackova and her mother, Myrtle Perry were interviewed by Barbara Walters, which the full interview to be aired on ABC‘s “20/20” at 10 p.m. ET, her first ever interview since the controversy.

“As soon as I was conscious, I just always knew that I was not what they were saying. It wasn’t right. I thought that I was in the wrong body.” Talackova told Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview, noting her name used to be Walter when she was still a male, around 13 years old.

“It was terribly painful, but seeing something on your body for that long and not being able to look at myself in the mirror because I couldn’t stand seeing the other part, it was actually very rewarding, too.” Talackova added, talking about having a gender reassignment surgery at the age of 19.

“I feel like the universe, the creator just put me in this position as an advocate. And now it’s like this, and I’ll take that position. If it’s helping anybody else, my story and my actions, then I feel great about it.” The 6’1″ transgender beauty added.

Last Monday, the Miss Universe Canada organizers announced on their official website that Jenna Talackova will be allowed to return as one of the 53 finalists of the said competition, provided that she will meet the “legal gender requirements”.

Meanwhile, Jenna Talackova, who will also appear live on ABC‘s “Good Morning America” on Monday, April 9 (7:00 am – 9:00 a.m. ET), and on “The View” at 11 am ET, has not yet announced if she will return to the competition.

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Jenna Talackova on Barbara Walters interview at ABC’S 20/20
Video Credit: ABC

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