Miss Universe Allows Transgender Contestant

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The Miss Universe Organization is now poised to allow transgender beauty queens to compete in its international pageants.

Wednesday, Donald Trump, whose company owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, said contestant Jenna Talackova will be allowed to compete in the upcoming Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Talackova, 23, was initially disqualified last month as a finalist in the Canadian pageant because she was born a male.

She underwent a sex change four years ago but said she has been living as a female since the age of four.

The rules of the Miss Universe Pageant state that entrants must be natural-born females, however Trump hinted that the policy could soon change.

"Probably, we'll have to open it up (to transgendered women) from that standpoint," Trump said Wednesday on "Good Morning America."

"If it's in Canada and in the United states in terms of their laws and other countries wouldn't have those laws, it wouldn't be fair to just take certain countries," he continued. "We'll probably decide to open it up."

Talackova's earlier disqualification created an uproar among gay rights activists. Amid pressure, the Miss Universe Organization said she could compete, provided she meets Canada's gender recognition laws.

Trump's recent comments clarified that Talackova will in fact be allowed to compete.

The next Miss Universe Canada Pageant is set for May 19 in Toronto.

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