Miss Universe to allow transgender women

2012-04-10 17:24

New York - Transgender women will be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe beauty pageant next year, officials announced on Tuesday, a week after they ruled a trail-blazing 23-year-old could vie for the crown this year.

Pageant officials said they are working on the language of the official rule policy change, but expected final word to come soon. Trials for next year's Miss Universe pageant begin this summer.

The move comes five days after the organisation said that Jenna Talackova could compete in the Miss Universe pageant this year.

Talackova, a Vancouver resident, underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male.

Her sex change initially led organisers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May, citing a rule that she must be "naturally born" a woman.

Talackova pleaded with the pageant's leaders to drop the rule.

"I am a woman," Talackova said on Tuesday. "I was devastated, and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust. I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete."

Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organisation, wished her "the best of luck in her quest for the crown".

The official rules will have to be approved by Trump and NBC, which co-own the contest.


  • Jessica - 2012-04-10 18:06

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck to her

  • Jean - 2012-04-10 19:07

    News24 you are flippen slow... this article was posted on City Press a couple of days ago... Come on, you are the main news provider!!

  • Sam - 2012-04-10 19:31

    I don't have an issue with her being transgender but how can a beauty competition allow surgical enhancements?

      Michelle - 2012-04-10 20:30


      Jessica - 2012-04-10 20:48

      Most of those girls had boob, nose jobs and face lifts, what makes a transsexual so different, are we as women so afraid that we a man will kick our butts in a beauty contest??? I dont think so

      Sam - 2012-04-11 07:16

      That's my point, Jessica. How can women be allowed to compete if they've had enhancements? It's a bit like allowing steroids in athletics.

  • Michelle - 2012-04-10 20:29

    Ha ha ha there goes your male viewership!

      Jessica - 2012-04-10 20:51

      Do a search on lady boys they are the biggest industry in the world... there some men with weird tastes and under laying tendencies. Being with a transsexual they are with a woman and not a "man"

  • Haha - 2012-04-10 21:39

    Ag sies, I'm definitely not going to watch that crap, these transgender things can do what they want, but they will still be confused dudes with adams apples.

  • Katlego - 2012-04-11 07:02

    Lol! Isn't there a special beauty pageant for the transformed? Miss Congeniality or something? I sure wouldn't mind missing the show then! # yuu!

  • Jason - 2012-04-11 08:48

    The entire miss world thing is a farce in any event. still i wouldnt like to see ex knob holders win it.

      Jason - 2012-04-11 08:48

      Tranny wins miss world.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-11 10:44

    In other words it will turn into an award show for the best plastic surgeon

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