27 Mar '12, 8am

Model says she was disqualified from Canada's Miss Universe pageant because she used to be a man

Model says she was disqualified from Canada's Miss Universe pageant because she used to be a man

South Korea's Mini (left) and Canada's Jenna Talackova (centre) pose for pictures backstage ahead of the Miss International Queen 2010 beauty pageant in south-eastern Thailand's city of Pattaya, late on Nov 19, 2010. Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the 2012 Canada Miss Universe pageant, she says, because she used to be male. -- PHOTO: AFP MONTREAL (AFP) - With blonde locks, long legs and delicate features, Jenna Talackova would have been a strong competitor in Canada's Miss Universe pageant but was disqualified, she says, because she used to be male. The 23-year-old transgender model from the western Canadian city of Vancouver has accused the pageant of discrimination, and more than 28,000 supporters have signed an online petition demanding her reinstatement. The organisers of the Canada Miss Universe pageant said on their website on Friday that Ms Talackova was disq...

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