Such AMAZING progress in the world of beauty pageantry!
Transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova was originally discriminated against and rejected by the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant because she was born a male, but after much hell raised from organizations like GLAAD, the pageant organizers changed their tune.
First they announced that she would be allowed to compete, but NOW the Miss Universe Organization has decided to allow ALL transgender contestants to compete from now on. Paula Shugart, the president of the pageant organization, said in a statement:
“We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD … We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”
We couldn't be more excited for Jenna and all of the future transgendered contestants who hope to become the next Miss Universe.
Great work, GLAAD!
[Image via Model Mayhem.]