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Transgender woman kicked out of Miss Universe Canada

03/26/2012 01:47 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT

A Vancouver transgendered woman who was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada competition says she is seeking legal guidance.

In a statement, Jenna Talackova said she is very disappointed with the decision taken by the beauty pageant organizers, who say she does not meet requirements.

Writing on the Miss Universe Canada website, organizers claim Talackova lied about her gender status on her entry form, but say they respect her goals, determination and wish her the best.

Competition rules stipulate that contestants must be what the pageant describes as a "naturally born female". She was born male and reports say she had sex reassignment surgery a couple of years ago.

Talackova hopes to turn this situation into a positive, so other people in a similar situation are not discriminated against in the future.

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