Dear Pageant Girl,
Obviously this is the hottest news in pageant world at the moment (as sick as I am of it) so unless there’s an even sexier update, this will be the last entry I will dedicate to Talackovagate.
If you haven’t heard about Jenna Talackova, we welcome you back to the rest of the world and celebrate your coming out of the rock you have been living under. If you HAVE been living under that rock, the back story is, Jenna was a former Miss Canada Universe contestant who turned out to be a transsexual. Long story short, she got kicked out, hired a lawyer, cue in the media circus and sparked a debate worldwide on whether or not transgenders should be allowed to compete in beauty pageants. Read all about it here.
Dear Pageant Girl has sat back to watch the circus saga unfold and wondered if Jenna was in or out. Statements flew back and forth between all camps and quite frankly, it just got….boring.
So the latest is that the Miss Universe Org (MUO) will now allow transsexuals to compete.
In a statement made by MUO President Paula Schugart, she indicated that the organisation were already looking into allowing transgenders to compete prior to Jenna coming into the scene.
“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 and not Jenna’s legal representation, which if anything, delayed the process. We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”
Whether or not Jenna decides to compete now is irrelevant. Fact of the matter is, she has forced the hand of the MUO to open the competition to a group of women who have always dreamed to compete for the crown but couldn’t because of a “technicality”.
Do I believe that the MUO were always thinking about allowing transgenders to compete before Jenna came along? Of course not. But I applaud them for a brilliant marketing move. This should score the MUO a few extra viewers this year.
As for Jenna – well, it can only mean good things for her personal life now. She’s now an international celebrity, hailed a hero by the greater LGBT community and no doubt will have plenty of offers from companies hungry to have her endorse their products. If she plays her cards right no doubt she will surpass the earnings of many former Miss Universes before her without even having to compete for the crown.
You gotta give it to her.
What can I say? Kudos to her for standing up to the big boys and fighting for her rights.
The woman’s got balls.