Miss Universe Disqualifies Transgender Contestant
March 27, 2012 by staff
Miss Universe Disqualifies Transgender Contestant, Transgendered contestant’s ouster from Miss Universe Canada sparks outrage over ‘natural born’ rule, She has all the makings of a beauty queen — a thin frame, flowing hair, pearly-white teeth and bubbly personality to boot.
But that she was born male had Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova, 23, ousted from one of the country’s top beauty competitions and set off a debate over whether a beauty pageant has the right to decide what is female.
“This is a major case in beauty contest history,” said Patrizia Gentile, a Carleton University professor who wrote her PhD thesis on Canadian beauty pageants. “They’re reluctant to take chances, but if they want to be relevant, they have to.”
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