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Jenna Talackova - Transgender Beauty Pageant Controversy Jenna Talackova became something of a curiosity when she became embroiled in a beauty pageant controversy. Talackova was originally denied the right to enter the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant on the grounds that she was born a male. Donald Trump, who owns the rights to the Miss Universe Pageant, overruled the initial decison. On May 19, the 23-year-old blonde from Vancouver was one of the final 12 contestants, but failed to make the final five at the pageant, held in Toronto. Another Vancouver contestant, Sahar Biniaz, 26, claimed the crown and advanced to the international Miss Universe competition, but she didn't get anywhere near the publicity that Talackova did. Talackova was one of four contestants named Miss Congeniality. Talackova's lawyer Gloria Allred said that Talackova shouldn't feel too disappointed about not winning. "She's still a winner as far as I'm concerned," Allred said during an intermission. "She won an 'herstoric' civil rights victory and that I think is frankly more important than anything, any victory she would win, even representing Miss Canada." Talackova was born Walter Talackova and under went a sex change operation four years ago. Talackova was the first transgender competitor to seek the Miss Universe Canada crown and, predictably, attracted extensive media coverage.
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Added: 20th May 2012
Views: 3997
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-05-20 
Ironically, if you take her first name and combine it with the first syllable of her second name--and say them together quickly--that's the basis of the whole controversy!
Posted by: eric1957 on 2012-05-20 
Jennatala? Reminds me of the lyrics in David Bowie song Rebel Rebel...

You got your mother in a whirl.
Not sure if you're a boy or a girl

On the bright side Jenna will not be the future Mrs. Trump
Posted by: BigBoy Bob on 2012-05-24 
In our day we had Paul Lynde, Liberace and Richard Simmons.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-05-24 
Ten thousand years from now when the archaeologists sift through the rubble from our western society, they'll definitely have more than a few quirky oddities to amuse them.
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