Jenna Talackova: 'Miss Universe' Canada's first transgender contestant

World | | May 20, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Jenna walking the ramp in the competition at Toronto.

Jenna walking the ramp in the competition at Toronto.

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Jenna Talackova at a press conference.

Jenna Talackova at a press conference.

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She underwent gender-reassignment surgery at age 19 and holds legal documents affirming it.

She underwent gender-reassignment surgery at age 19 and holds legal documents affirming it.

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Jenna wants pageant organizers to go further and drop eligibility rules she calls discriminatory.

Jenna wants pageant organizers to go further and drop eligibility rules she calls discriminatory.

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National beauty pageants are currently being held around the world to choose contestants to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe contest.

National beauty pageants are currently being held around the world to choose contestants to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe contest.

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Jenna showing her Canadian passport, driver's license and other documents that identify her as a woman.

Jenna showing her Canadian passport, driver's license and other documents that identify her as a woman.

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Jenna has taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women.

Jenna has taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women.

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Jenna in the bikini segment of the competition.

Jenna in the bikini segment of the competition.

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Jenna performing in the competition.

Jenna performing in the competition.

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Jenna Talackova walking the ramp.

Jenna Talackova walking the ramp.

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Her disqualification sparked commentary on the Internet and cable television news.

Her disqualification sparked commentary on the Internet and cable television news.

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She was reinstated to the Canadian competition by businessman Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization.

She was reinstated to the Canadian competition by businessman Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization.

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Talackova, 23, was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada competition earlier.

Talackova, 23, was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada competition earlier.

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