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Transgender beauty says she wants to compete for Miss Universe

Wednesday, 04 Apr, 2012 - 01:36

April 3 - A transgendered beauty pageant contestant says the Miss Universe pageant's earlier decision to disqualify her was 'unjust.' Deborah Gembara reports.

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Jenna Talackova, a Miss Canada finalist, says she's just as qualified anyone else to compete for the title of Miss Universe. The Canadian beauty was dropped from the contest two weeks ago after pageant officials discovered she was born a man. Talackova -- who is transgender was disqualified for not being a "natural born woman." Officials then reversed the decision and said the beauty queen would be allowed to participate provided she meets legal gender requirements. Talackova, accompanied by her attorney, says the ruling isn't clear or fair. SOUNDBITE: Jenna Talackova, Miss Canada finalist saying: "I am a woman. I was devastated and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust. I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete." Her attorney Gloria Allred called on Donald Trump, the owner of the pageant, to clarify the organization's position. SOUNDBITE: Gloria Allred, Attorney For Jenna Talackova saying: "We want a clear statement that this rule will be eliminated. So Mr. Trump, step up, say it loudly, say it clearly." Talackova had advanced to the Miss Canada finals, which is part of the Miss Universe pageant, before being disqualified Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

Transgender beauty says she wants to compete for Miss Universe

Wednesday, 04 Apr, 2012 - 01:36

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