Jenna Talackova, the beauty queen who made history after becoming the first transgender woman to be allowed to participate in a Miss Universe pageant, was the center of attention on Thursday as she took part in Miss Universe Canada in Toronto.
The 23-year-old contestant walked the runway with glamorous swimwear and an evening gown at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto.
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Talackova was originally disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest because she lied in her application and was not a "naturally born female". At age 19 she underwent transgender surgery, according to reports.
Talackova said she felt discriminated when she was ousted from the pageant triggering her supporters to urge organizers to allow her to compete..
On April 10, Miss Universe announced that it will allow transgender women to participate in its beauty competitions around the world.
The organization made the announcement in a joint statement with GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD and not Jenna’s legal representation, which if anything delayed the process. We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously,” Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization said in the statement.
Talackova was reinstated to the Canadian pageant.
Donald Trump is the owner of the Miss Universe organization.
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