Miss Universe Canada Ejects Transgender Contestant
BY Michelle Garcia
March 24 2012 1:14 PM ET
A transgender woman who was a finalist for Miss Universe Canada has been disqualified from the competition because she was born male.
Denis Davila, the national director of Miss Universe Canada, told the Toronto Star that the rules state that each contestant must be a "naturally born female." He suspected that Jenna Talackova, a Vancouver native, was not born female, which she later confirmed.
“She feels like a real girl and she is a real girl. She didn’t expect people to question it,” Davila said. “She was hoping we could put her back in the competition, but the rules are very clear and there’s no way we can go back on it.”
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