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Miss Universe Organization Reserves Their Decision On Disallowing Transgender Contestant
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: Jena Talackova (R), a would be Miss Universe contestant, shows her Canadian passport, as a proof that she is a female, during a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred on April 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, 23, was disqualified as a finalist from the upcoming Miss Universe Canada last month because she was born male. The Miss Universe Organization reversed their decision April 2, 2012, allowing a transgender contestant to compete as long as they meet the legal Canadian gender recognition requirements and standards that are established by other competitions held internationally. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Transgender model loses pageant

20 May 2012

The first-ever transgender contestant in the Miss Universe Canada pageant has lost her bid to win the title. Jenna Talackova, 23, who was one of over 60 competitors on May 19, was among the final 12 contestants. She lost to another Vancouver contestant, Sahar Biniaz.