A transgender woman got her wish to compete for title of hottest woman on the planet after Donald Trump said she could compete for Canadas spot in the Miss Universe pageant.
Trump,who runs the Miss Universe Organisation,issued a statement Wednesday wishing Jenna Talackova the best of luck in her quest for the crown. The statement came after Talackova and her attorney Gloria Allred urged the organisation to clarify its gender requirements.
The organisation said it actually made the decision Monday to let the 23-year-old Talackova compete in the 2012 competition to become Canadas contestant.
The organisation said Talackova could enter the pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada,and the standards established by other international competitions. No further details were provided.
Earlier Tuesday,Talackova and her attorney Gloria Allred urged the organisation to clarify its position,and displayed a copy of Talackovas passport,which lists her as female,as do her birth certificate and drivers license. Talackova,a Vancouver resident,underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male.
Her sex change initially led organisers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May,citing a rule that she must be naturally born a woman. Talackova pleaded with the pageants leaders to drop the rule.
I am a woman, Talackova said Tuesday. 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.
Talackova and Allred urged Trump to state that she can vie to represent Canada in the Miss Universe contest if she wins the Canadian contest. They also called on him to eliminate the rule. I do not want any other woman to suffer the discrimination that I have endured, Talackova said.
In response,the pageant organisers issued a statement saying Gloria Allreds statements to the press today pay no mind to the fact that Mr. Trump and the Miss Universe Organisation made the fair and just decision in allowing Jenna to compete in the Miss Universe 2012 Canada pageant.
Allred said the rule requiring a contestant to be naturally born female appears to still be in effect in other countries around the world,Allred said.