"It isn't just about her being able to compete," Allred said. "Jenna is standing up for others as well as herself. She doesn't want this type of discrimination to be faced by anyone else." But by then, pageant organisers had already reversed course on Talackova's eligibility at the behest of Trump, who is president and owner of the Miss Universe organisation.
"As long as she meets the standards of legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, which we understand that she does, Jenna Talackova is free to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant," said Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump and executive vice president of his business group. Best of luck "Nobody is capitulating. Rather the Miss Universe organisation is respecting the laws of Canada," Cohen told Reuters, adding that she, "like all the other contestants, is wished the best of luck by Mr Trump." He also said, "Assuming she wins, she would be the representative of that country (Canada)" in the larger Miss Universe Pageant. Reached in a separate telephone interview, a Miss Universe spokesperson, Brenda Mendoza, agreed, saying that "if (Talackova) were to win the (Canadian) title, she would move on to the global telecast." As to demands that the pageant do away with its naturally born female requirement for eligibility, Cohen was non-committal. "At this point in time, the Miss Universe Organisation, along with its counsel, is taking this issue under advisement," he said.
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