Transgender Contestant Now Allowed To Compete In Miss Universe

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A transgender beauty contestant, who had been told she could not compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she was born a man, may now have a chance to strut her stuff.

Contest organizers have given what seems like the green light to Jenna Talackova, who told reporters Tuesday she hopes it’s true.

“I am a woman,” Talackova said during a news conference in the Los Angeles office of attorney Gloria Allred. “I was devastated and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust.”

The 23-year-old statuesque blonde told reporters, “I had always dreamed of being in the Miss Universe competition.”

Talackova said she was thrilled to learn that pageant officials had decided Monday to allow her to take part in the pageant.

In a statement, the Miss Universe Organization said Talackova could compete “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada and the standards established by other international competitions.”

Allred blasted the statement as “ambiguous,” and called on Miss Universe pageant owner Donald Trump to drop all restrictions and allow Talackova to compete with “no conditions and no excuses.”

Trump told “Inside Edition” he was abiding by applicable law.

“Well, it was a very complex decision and what we decided to do — and what we always do — is we go by the laws in this case of the United States, and the laws say that she should be able to compete,” he said.

The beauty queen said she expects more from Trump.

“I wish Mr. Trump would just say, in plain words, whether or not I’d be allowed to compete and, if I win, whether I’d be allowed to represent Canada in the Miss Universe competition,” Talackova said.

In previous interviews, Talackova said she knew she was a girl at age four and began hormone therapy at 14-years old. She began sexual reassignment surgery at 19-years old.

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  • Truth

    And now the contest has their hands tied behind their back because if this thing does not win than it will file a million dollar lawsuit for not winning the contest.

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  • sam sinda

    What if it was the 100 yard dash, or weight lifting, would it be fair to compete against other girls? It takes more than just feeling like a girl since you were 4, and having an opperation to make a woman.


      If you can find your balls, cut them off then answer your question.

      • 1stman


        Medication won’t help the limp d!ck puS$y dumbf**k. It comes from having Robert Hale’s balls up its ass. It can only copy and paste to let everyone know it’s a puS$y dumbf**k. Count how many screen names the puS$y d!cklicker uses, it’s not difficult and everyone knows it’s the sh!tbreath

      • MIKE

        I can’t even get a job.That’s because that aS$hole lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. Now I’m a chickensh!t aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours], [Mike in San Diego], [Mike in Upland], [1stman] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection. I’m such a puS$y dumbf**k with nothing to say I post to myself copying sentences from everyone, especially GROWAPAIR, who knows I’m a ball sniffing loser.
        I’ll use your screen name next, puS$y d!cklips.
        Pay attention to me when I hijack screen names to show I’m a whiny puS$y dumbf**k loser. It makes my ass pucker with joy when people think I’m GROWAPAIR and my daddy’s balls like it when my ass puckers. Tell me how I can sound any more f**king stupid..

  • Gary...

    I’ll do him and you know that the two guy’s with there comments have some ugly fat chicks that no other guy would ever set eyes on

    • Sophia

      Yes, I agree!! I am a woman and I am all for her competing, she is a WOMAN too. Also, she is much more beautiful than half of the “real” women I know. Anyone who questions her gender status is just ignorant.

      • T.J.

        He was born a guy and yes I do question it and I’m not ignorant because I do. He/she should not be allowed to be in the pageant. Why is it when people come to this country they expect you to change the rules for them. Other countries don’t change the rules or laws to suit Americans in their country, so why should we he should have known the rules. So he/she wants special treatment and he/she is getting it. That’s right. I can’t believe that Trump caved in, pathetic..

      • Andre

        Sophia think about it, a woman is more than just looking like one. And I believe if she? misses her hormone therapy she? won’t look so femine.

    • Christina39

      At least they have women, More than you can say while you “do him”

  • April P

    I think that they should not allow heshe to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. If they want to do a transgendered Miss/Mr Universer then fine by me, but I think that the original pageant to remain original parts only.

  • John

    Let “her” compete. You know the judges won’t vote her in. No country wants someone this controversial representing them on an international stage. “She’ll” be out in the prelims in Canada.

    • Andre

      Nope it’s better not giving her any more publicity than she’s already gotten.

  • Marissa

    Born a man, is a man

  • rube

    Gloria Alred is in this for $$$$$

  • T.J.

    DONALD TRUMP YOU’RE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bgibb50

    Sophia, you are the one who is ignorant. This individual was born a male. He underwent extensive hormonal treatment, then major surgery to replace his male genitalia with a plastic vagina. And let’s not forget the fake breasts either.

    “Jenna” Talackova is not a true woman, but an elegant freak that wants to play by his/her/its own rules. This grossly unfair to the natural born woman who are now being forced to compete not just against a cheating transsexual, but also against prevailing monstrosity of social engineering at its very worst.

    Shame on Donald Trump for ignoring his own rules regarding these contests.

    • Christina39

      thank you bgibb50 so many sites are calling “real” women ugly and disgusting and other derogatory names while wanting to marry Jenna Talackova. I feel when you consider the attributes of a real woman, motherhood, care giving, compassion, not even considering we have been around for a very long time, as wives, sisters, friends, mothers, grandmothers, The insults that we receive when being compared to “Jenna” is like Thr*wing up in our face. I wonder where this is coming from?

  • bnm

    “Jenna” was born biologically a male. He chose to have a sexual identity change. Although he looks female physically, and GENDER wise would be considered female, biologically he is still male. Therefore “HE” should not be allowed to compete with other biological female. Maybe there should be a Miss Transgender Beauty contest.

  • Gemini

    This sadden’s me. She is now a women and lives that way, therefore she should be allowed to compete. This is discrimination. I can relate to this poor girl.

    • bnm

      “Jenna” is no more a woman then the man in the moon. HE was born male, HE is still male. That is his sex. His gender was changes artificially from masculine to feminine. The fact that medicine has the ability to make the cosmetic change does not change his sex. HE IS STILL A MALE.

      • Christina39

        He/She sadly has to take female hormones forever and has undergone extensive plastic surgery but is undeniably beautiful, but still has an X and Y chromosome, So, no not a female, but a male.And also is missing some important female parts and functions that cannot be created in an operating room.

  • David Stevens

    I am so suprisedj you guy’s r really so stupid as to publish the names and faces and addresses of the gay ppl rounded up for “gay” sex. You HAVE to understand the complexity of what you are doing to a ppl that feel “less than” because we do not have equal rights and marriage equality.If u treat ppl like animals, they will act like animals. You really sat yourself up for a “bias” lawsuit. I am also shocked at the comments to this story and the fact you are promoting hate speech by allowing the “HATEFUL” comments below. BTW this story about the transgender beauty queen needs to be updated. She has been allowed to enter the race. BTW HATE SPEECH is NOT allowed on-line anymore. Erase it. If you fail to understand may you feel the burn and pressure of gay activist whom just won’t shut up.


    i agree once a man BORN wit private part d—kj is still a man surgery or not.

    tall lovely WOMAN of fakeness it not a real woman shame on canada,omg USA better not allow such,MEN in pageants!

  • Andre

    THIS IS A DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN WHO ARE NATURALLY BORN FEMALE!! I have nothing against people like Talacova because I believe that every human being needs to be respected. But what she is doing is the lack of respect to those who are naturally born female. There’s more to being a woman than just looking like one.

    • Christina39

      Thank you Andre, as a woman and considering all we contribute to this world as women, such as motherhood, I consider it a slap in the face to women everywhere. It relegates women’s worth to outer appearance ONLY.I have two X chromosomes and there is much more than just plastic that makes one a woman.

      • Andre

        Your welcome Christine I wish their were more women like you speaking out and you have made my day. Almost everyone on radio and TV seems think it’s okay for this woman to do whatever she wants.

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