Elle Canada features transgender model

Last updated 13:33 19/12/2013
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STAR IN THE MAKING: Strangely enough, Jenna Talackova looks remarkably similar to Ivanka Trump in these stunning Elle pics - wonder what Donald would think?

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Jenna Talackova has been making waves since Donald Trump declared her to be not woman enough to compete in the Miss Universe beauty pageant last year (in which she was a contestant in the Canadian iteration).

Talackova was born a male and told American journalist Barbara Walters that from the age of four she had felt like she was born "in the wrong body." 

Talackova has since successfully lobbied to change the Miss University eligibility rules, advocates on behalf of transgender rights, is going to be on a reality TV show called Brave New Girls (screening on E! Canada) and now features in a beautiful spread in the January issue of Elle Canada.

It's the first time that the magazine has featured a transgender model, and is perhaps a sign that narrow views on beauty and fashion are slowly evolving and expanding.

Which is a good thing, so long as it's not a token or novelty. Though judging by the spread, I imagine that we will be seeing more of Talackova.

Talackova says in the accompanying interview of finally feeling OK about herself and her life,

 "You know, you need to be real with yourself, and you need to realise that it's not a mistake ... "You have an amazing life to live-live it the way you want to."

I'd say you've been Trumped, Donald. 

For the full interview head to Elle Canada.

- Daily Life

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