Miss Universe Canada announced yesterday that 23-year-old finalist Jenna Talackova of Vancouver was disqualified from the Donald Trump-owned beauty pageant, but didn't provide a reason.
"She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form," competition officials said in a statement. Talackova, however, says she knows exactly why she was disqualified: She was born a man.
The 6'1" bombshell underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2010 after living most of her life as a woman.
She wouldn't speak with the press concerning the unceremonious scrubbing of her profile from the Miss Universe Canada website, but did take to Twitter to bemoan being "disqualified for being born."
Many have noted that Miss Universe Canada's only expressed requirements are that the contestant be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. Nary a mention of gender confirmation surgery as being grounds for dismissal.
On Twitter, Talackova implied that she's down but not through. "I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up," she tweeted. "I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination."