Around this time last year, Jenna Talackova was making headlines for the battle she was embroiled in with the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Canada pageant, from which she was abruptly disqualified when producers found out she was transgender. After being reinstated (thanks in part to major public outcry and the support of high profile attorney Gloria Allred), competing in the pageant, and being named “Miss Congeniality”, the 24-year-old is now hoping to harness that bit of fame and channel it into her new reality series, tentatively titled Brave New Girl.
Canada’s Globe and Mail reports that the show is planned for eight half-hour episodes to air on E! Canada in early September. They caught up with the six-foot-one blonde in Vancouver, which she is soon leaving for Toronto in search of a “fresh start”:
“I believe everything happens for a reason. A lot of my friends and people who meet me [have thought] I should have a show because I’m so funny. I think if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s definitely being funny. I just hope people fall in love with my comedy and, like, my personality and really enjoy the show.”
It certainly sounds more enjoyable than some of the rejected concepts would have been, including one which producer Carrie Mudd described as “a Bachelor-style reality show where in, oh, Episode 6, she’d reveal [to her suitors] that she used to have a penis.” Charming, eh?
Watch an interview with Talackova below and let us know if you think she has the on-screen chops to carry this off: