Meet Jenna Talackova, the freshly ousted Miss Universe Canada contestant. The rules of the pageant (owned by Donald Trump btw) are that you must be a "natural born woman" so Jenna was disqualified because it was discovered she was actually born male, although she's all woman now. I just gotta say that if I were transgendered, I'd be hard pressed to think of a name as cool as "Jenna Talackova"; let's just call her Jenna Tal, for short. Gee, I wonder if that's a made up name...?
This gal's got balls to even try to enter the pageant. Or rather she had balls...er. Anyways I think I'm gonna crown her myself, as brave and beautiful.
Jenna's a bit of a naughty girl to have lied on her pageant application; though admittedly the definition of "natural born woman" is open to interpretation. I've read that some folks think that the Miss Universe people should change their rules to include transgendered women. Others say that would be unfair; many transgendered women (born male) have an edge on natural born women in that they have taller, leaner frames, narrow hips better muscle definition, and zero cellulite. The fear is that they'd be considered more beautiful as women than natural born women.
This makes me seriously question our society's ideal of womanly beauty: are we aspiring to look more male than female? What do you say about all this? And what would your transgendered name be?
UPDATE: April 2, 2012
For those who wish to show their support for Jenna, check out the online petition for Miss Universe Canada to reverse her disqualification.
UPDATE: April 3, 2012
Last night the Miss Universe Organization released a statement saying it will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions. Still waiting to see what's gonna happen with this!