Transgender Miss Universe Finalist Shouldn't Have Been Disqualified (VIDEO)

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Jenna Talackova's dreams of being a beauty queen were diminished when she was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada Pageant because she happens to be transgendered. Contest officials felt like she did not meet the proper requirements to be considered a woman -- a prerequisite for taking part in the competition.

I can see both sides of the argument on this one for sure. On the one hand, I can understand why the Miss Universe Pageant wanted to stick to rules they've always adhered to so that they don't have to make exception after exception. But on the flip side of the coin, it's justifiable for her to feel discriminated against, especially considering that she was a finalist, and because she's transgendered, which technically means that she is a woman. It's not like she was a man trying to disguise himself in women's clothing to fool people or something like that.


Regardless of whether or not you think she was wrongfully disqualified, Jenna's experience really kind of makes the Miss Universe Pageant seem fake and unfair. In Jenna's case, the fact that she had gender reassignment surgery somehow made her less "real" in their eyes.

But wait a minute. There are plenty of women who were born as women who are in line with Miss Universe Pageant rules, and I'm sure not all of them are 100 precent "real" women. What about contestants with breast implants? Or how about those who have had nose jobs? Or tummy tucks? Because those are all surgeries. And last time I checked, those are all surgeries that alter a person's appearance to make them look younger, or more beautiful, or feminine, or whatever. Huh. Does anyone else see the contradiction here? If those surgeries don't make women any less real, then why was Jenna Talackova singled out and disqualified? I'm kind of confused.

The Miss Universe Canada Pageant may have not have bad intentions when they let Jenna go; however, they definitely sent the wrong message as far as what makes a woman real and beautiful. If rules are going to be set, then everyone should be required to follow them. You can't pick and choose who to apply them to.

Take a look at the video clip below to hear more about Jenna's story.

Do you think that it was wrong for Jenna to be disqualified?


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