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Trans Miss Universe Hopeful May Still Compete


Canada's Jenna Talackova enlists help of Gloria Allred, pageant officials reverse decision

After being selected from 65 finalists to compete as a representative of Canada in the Miss Universe competition, Jenna Talackova was elated.

But then the 6-foot-1, blond stunner got some bad news: she was removed from competition. For being transgender.

In a statement dated March 23, Miss Universe officials said their decision was based on their opinion that Talackova did not "meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form."

But Talackova did not give up. She called ferocious lawyer for all publicly wronged people, Gloria Allred.

And the two were scheduled to hold a press conference contending the decision today. However, CNN has reported that late Monday night, pageant officials released a statement saying Talackova can compete provided "she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions."

The ambiguous statement does not tells us specifically that Talackova will compete, so much as blur the lines of whose fault it will be if she does not, but at least she still has a fighting chance, and that's great news!

The bad news is, there's no word yet if her press conference will still happen with Allred, who is up there with the late Johnnie Cochran as one of the all-time most entertaining lawyers in the world. Fingers crossed!

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