Transgendered Miss Universe Canada finalist disqualified

A transgendered Miss Universe Canada finalist, Jenna Talackova, of Vancouver, has been disqualified from the competition from the contest’s website.

Vancouver Observer blogger Bianca Pencz blogs that Talackova’s profile was visible on the official contestants page of the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant just a few days ago.

“Now, her profile has disappeared without a trace. Is it a coincidence that she was their only transsexual finalist?”

Pencz notes that Talackova was born male and had sex reassignment surgery in 2010.

The blog post cites blogs as early as March 13 that were reporting Talackova’s inclusion on the Miss Universe Canada’s finalists page.

On Friday, the pageant organization broke its silence regarding the issue stating, “She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.”

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They went on to say they “respect her (Talackova’s) goals, determination and wish her the best.”

Talackova spoke with the Sun Friday morning and said she won’t release a statement until next week after talks to her lawyer.