Jenna Talackova is a Canadian Transgender beauty queen. She was banned from competing due to her gender status. The ban was lifted on Monday, April 2, 2012. Talackova was banned because pageant officials originally stated that she did not meet the gender requirements for the pageant.
After much review and discussion, pageant officials changed their minds stating that enough proof had been provided that Talackova does indeed meet the gender requirements to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. Gloria Allred is the attorney that was hired by Talackova to handle this matter. Jenna Talackova was born a male and underwent surgery to become a female.
She is 23 years old. She is among 64 other contestants competing for the opportunity to represent Canada in the Miss Universe Pageant. No statements by Talackova or her attorney, Gloria Allred have been made regarding the decision as of Tuesday morning, April 3, 2012.