A transgender Miss Universe hopeful has been ousted from the Canadian competition because she was born male.
Miss Universe Canada organisers said Jenna Talackova did not disclose her secret past when she entered the competition and she was disqualified when they found out.
"I'm disqualified, however I'm not giving up. I'm not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination," the 23-year-old reportedly tweeted.
Talackova told media that she has identified with being a female since she was four years old.
She started hormone therapy at 14 and underwent gender reassignment surgery when she was 19.
The blonde model had reportedly made the finals in the Miss Vancouver pageant before being disqualified.
"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," the pageant organisation said in a statement. "We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best."
Talackova was set to be one of 65 finalists fighting for the Miss Universe Canada title. She would have gone on to compete in Miss Universe, had she won.
People are only eligible to compete in the Miss Universe competitions if they are female, have never been married or pregnant, the LA Times reported.
However, Talackova is not giving up without a fight as she is reportedly considering legal action.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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