Transgender Beauty Queen Loses Crown, Wins ‘Miss Congeniality’

And thus concludes the media saga of Jenna Talackova, the 23-year-old Miss Universe Canada contestant who was initially booted from the competition in March for not being a “naturally born” female.

The title, announced last night, went to Sahar Biniaz, 26, who will go on to represent Canada in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas on June 3rd. Though we thought Talackova looked pretty good Thursday night in the bikini and eveningwear competitions, we don’t claim to be experts in the field and it seems the Vancouverite was out-beauty queened by her fellow contestants before the final round.

She was, however, one of the four women voted “Miss Congeniality” by the pageant. Being shameless fans of that particular Sandy Bullock movie, this seems like a win to us. Gracie Hart kicked far more ass than Miss Rhode Island, after all.

Talackova’s high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred also reasoned that even without a crown, her client took home the biggest prize of them all:

“She’s still a winner as far as I’m concerned. She won an ‘herstoric’ civil rights victory and that I think is frankly more important than anything, any victory she would win, even representing Miss Canada.”

One small, stiletto-clad step closer to world peace.

[Globe and Mail]

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