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Transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova makes history with Miss Universe debut
Transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova made her debut at the Miss Universe Canada beauty contest yesterday in Toronto. The Vancouver native has made history as the very first transgendered contestant in the Miss Universe pageants, owned by business mogul Donald Trump.
The 6'1 belle partook in the evening gown and swimsuit competitions during the preliminary round of the contest.
Her svelte figure graced the stage in a skin-tight, open-backed white dress during the gown event then changed into a white bikini for the swimsuit round.
This morning, in between getting ready for rehearsals, she talked with Toronto's hit music station Kiss 92.5 about the attention she's been getting in the city, the controversy she's been facing ever since she was disqualified from the competition for not being a "naturally born female," having gender reassignment surgery at 19, and then being revived back 40,000 petition signatures after.
"I can't help that my story caused this much attention. The other girls are great about it," she said in a recording with the station's Roz & Mocha, adding that it gave the show itself much attention. "I'm just going to give it my best and see what happens. Of course, I'm in it to win it. I just have a fair shot just like any other girl,"
"It was about getting on stage, having a fair competition...It's been such a whirlwind right now, but I feel very humbled and blessed in the organization. These ladies are truly amazing, so inspiring. I'm so happy right now."
When asked whether she talked with Trump in person, Talackova laughed, "Not yet."
The contestants will face more competitions (and interviews) before the the new Miss Universe Canada crowning Saturday night.