Transgender Model Allowed Back Into Miss Universe?
Jenna Talackova might've found her way back into the Miss Universe Canada 2012 contest after a wave of outrage met the Donald Trump owned organization's decision to eliminate her from the competition having discovered that she used to be a man. It had previously been reported that Talackova had had a sex change four years ago, not that she'd kept it quiet, having competed in Miss International Queen Competition for trans-gendered and transsexual women back in 2010.
Nevertheless, that managed to slip by the organizers of Miss Universe and it was only upon further discovery that they found her to have once been a man. Referencing their rule that stated entrants "must be born natural," they booted Talackova out of the competition and issued the following statement, "She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form. We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best."
However, NBC now reports that, following intense pressure, the organizers might make a U-turn on their decision. Releasing a statement, they said that the 23 year-old could compete in the event "provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions." It comes after Talackova had sought to hire a lawyer in order to battle against the initial decision.