Good news for any of you guys who have been pulling for the Miss Universe pageant to feature more contestants who look like RuPaul and J-Nap:
With newly inclusive pageant rules, transgender women can now aspire to the Miss Universe crown. The Miss Universe Organization announced Tuesday that it will allow contestants who were not born as women to compete for the title, after 23-year-old Miss Canada Jenna Talackova pleaded with pageant officials to reconsider her initial disqualification.
Talackova had begun hormone treatments at 14 and underwent a sex reassignment surgery four years ago. She won the Miss Canada competition, but she was disqualified when pageant officials discovered her history. Talackova, who was represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, appealed to Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, and he wished her luck.
If Gloria Allred’s going to have a say in who participates in the Miss Universe contest, within five years the pageant contestants are going to look regulars at the Star Wars cantina.