Transsexual Beauty Queen Disqualified from Miss Universe Canada Competition

Celebrity News Mar. 26, 2012 AT 1:32PM
Canada's Jenna Talackova poses for pictures backstage ahead of the Miss International Queen 2010 beauty pageant in southeastern Thailand's city of Pattaya, late on November 19, 2010 Canada's Jenna Talackova poses for pictures backstage ahead of the Miss International Queen 2010 beauty pageant in southeastern Thailand's city of Pattaya, late on November 19, 2010 Credit: CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

Despite that fact that Jenna Talackova, who was born a male, has been living her life as a female since age 4, the Canadian beauty will not be competing for this year's Miss Universe Canada crown.

On Friday, the organization released a statement on their website saying, "Jenna Talackova from Vancouver, British Columbia will not compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form. We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best."

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Talackova, 23, started hormone therapy at age 14 and underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 19. And although she checked off "female" on her entry form, the organization questioned her natural-born sex, which resulted in her removal from the competition.

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But as it turns out, the Vancouver native was never shy about the details surrounding her being transgender and her status as a transsexual.

"I regard myself as a woman with a history," she said in a 2010 interview at the Miss International Queen event in Thailand.

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