A Whole New World: The Question of Transgender Pageant Participants

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by pageantprofessors

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For all intents and purposes, Jenna Talackova is stunning. A leggy modelesque beauty with exotic features and gorgeous blonde locks. For all intents and purposes, Jenna Talackova is also female… as of now. Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, is in the process of convincing Donald Trump to allow her client to participate in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. The pageant rules state that contestants must be “naturally born” women. Jenna has said that she felt as though she was female since childhood. The question here is whether or not body parts define personhood.

As of now, Jenna’s participation hangs in the balance. The Miss Universe Canada website states, “The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions”.There are 63 finalists currently listed for the 2012 pageant and Jenna is not included. The pageant will be held May 19, 2012 in Toronto.

Jenna’s participation begs the question as to what is fair and just for her versus what is fair and just for the other competitors. The jury is still out and we anxiously await the outcome.

What are you thoughts on this touchy subject? We ask that you remain honest yet kind in your remarks.

  • Anonymous

    What’s fair and just is what happened.  Jenna met the requirements of being a Canadian citizen and being in the age range to compete and female.

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