Jenna Talackova: Transgendered Miss Universe Canada Contestant Prepares For Pageant

CP  |  By Posted: 05/12/2012 6:50 pm Updated: 05/15/2012 12:18 pm

TORONTO - The Canadian transgendered Miss Universe contestant who sparked global media attention when she was disqualified from the pageant was all smiles at a Toronto photo shoot on Saturday.

A bubbly Jenna Talackova appeared to be enjoying herself as she posed for the cameras in a variety of outfits, including a white bikini.

The photo shoot was in advance of the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto, which will culminate with the winner being crowned Saturday.

The tall, slim blond from Vancouver created an international splash when organizers disqualified because she isn't a naturally-born female.

But pageant owner Donald Trump overruled the decision and said Talackova could take part.

Talackova underwent sex-change surgery at age 19 and has said she knew from an early age that she was born the wrong gender.

She says she has a boyfriend and hopes to have two kids some day, but she didn't initially tell him she was born male.

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  • Jenna Talackova, the first transgendered Miss Universe contestant, is seen during a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in advance of next Saturday's Miss Universe Canada pageant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Jenna Talackova, the first transgendered Miss Universe contestant, gets ready for a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in advance of next Saturday's Miss Universe Canada pageant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

  • Jenna Talackova smiles at a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred (not pictured) in Los Angeles on April 3, 2012 in California. Canada's Miss Universe pageant has it would allow the transgendered model to compete in its pageant as long as Canada recognizes her gender as a woman. Talackova was previously disqualified, she said, because she used to be male. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Jenna Talackova looks on at a press conference in Los Angeles as her attorney Gloria Allred (L) displays Jenna's passport on April 3, 2012. Canada's Miss Universe pageant said it would allow the transgendered model to compete in its pageant as long as Canada recognizes her gender as a woman. Talackova was previously disqualified, she said, because she used to be male. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this image released by ABC, beauty contestant Jenna Talackova, left, poses with ABC's Barbara Walters at an interview Thursday, April 5, 2012 in New York. Talackova, who advanced to the finals of the Miss Canada competition, part of the Miss Universe contest, says she was forced out of the competition because pageant officials alleged she was not "a naturally-born female." The exclusive interview will first air on "20/20" on Friday, April 6, at 10 pm on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)

  • In this image provided by Miss International Queen via YouTube, Jenna Talackova, of Vancouver, British Columbia, speaks during a video interview at the 2010 Miss International Queen Competition in Thailand. The transgendered blond that was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada pageant is urging her supporters to sign an online petition calling for her reinstatement. (AP Photo/Miss International Queen via YouTube, via The Canadian Press) ONE TIME USE ONLY; NO ARCHIVES; NO SALES

  • Jenna Talackova, who advanced to the finals of the Miss Canada competition, part of the Miss Universe contest, andwas recently forced out of the competition, is listed in her passport as female, with other personal identifying information redacted by the source before the photo was made, seen at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Talackova says she was forced out of the competition because Pageant officials alleged she was not "a naturally-born female." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)



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