Jenna Talackova to return as 2012 Miss Universe Canada finalist, but with legal gender requirements

By on Apr 3, 2012 in Lifestyle, North America Comments

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

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Transgender beauty Jenna Talackova will be allowed to return to the 2012 Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant, after organizers said that she need first to comply with legal gender provisions.

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According to an announcement by the Miss Universe Canada on its official website on Monday, April 2, 2012, Tuesday, Jenna Talackova may return as among the 53 Miss Universe Canada 2012 finalists.

“The Miss Universe Organization 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”. A statement read at that day.

As reported earlier, Talackova, 23, was disqualified from 2012 Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant with the grand coronation night to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012; because she did not meet the requirements particularly for not being a ‘natural-born female’.

According to organizers that time, the 6’1″ transgender beauty did not tell them that she underwent sɛxual reassignment surgery when she was 19, and was only discovered when she already entered the 2012 Miss Universe Canada final competition.

However, Jenna Talackova announced via her official Twitter account (@JennaTalackova) that she will not give up easily, and an online petition at was launched as a support to her, which has now nearly 41,700 signatures.

As of this writing, there is no official statement yet from Talackova or from her lawyer Gloria Allred with regards to the latest announcement from Miss Universe Canada organizers, which is being expected to hold a press conference sometime soon.

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