06:17 EST 6 April 2012
The first picture of the transsexual beauty queen who made international headlines after her dismissal and subsequent reinstatement from Miss Universe Canada has emerged – and she’s a 13-year-old boy called Walter.
Pictured with a blonde bob as a Grade 8 student at Vancouver’s Killarney secondary school, Jenna Talackova, 23, was then known as Walter Page Talackova.
Jenna, who learned this week she is now eligible to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant after originally being thrown out last month for being born a boy, made international headlines after it was revealed she lied about her natural gender on her application form.
Ms Talackova talked about the saga in an exclusive interview with ABC journalist Barbara Walters and said her mother still calls her Walter.
In the interview, which will be aired on ABC’s 20/20 tonight, she said: ‘As soon as I was conscious, I just always knew that I was not what they were saying. It wasn’t right. I thought that I was in the wrong body.’
Ms Talackova was thrown out of the pageant, owned by billionaire Donald Trump, after organisers learned she had undergone surgery to become a woman. He was later criticized for having the ‘natural born female’ rule at all.
She revealed to Barbara Walters that though the gender reassignment surgery at the age of 19 and subsequent hormone treatments were intense and painful, it was ultimately ‘rewarding’.
‘It was terribly painful, but seeing something on your body for that long and not being able to look at myself in the mirror because I couldn’t stand seeing the other part, it was actually very rewarding, too,’ she said.
The Trump organization later released a statement saying that pageant rules had ‘been modernized to ensure this type of issue does not occur again’.
Jenna now wants to use her situation to help others: ‘I feel like the universe, the creator just put me in this position as an advocate. And now it’s like this, and I’ll take that position.
‘If it’s helping anybody else, my story and my actions, then I feel great about it.’
Her mother told Barbara that she had always wanted a daughter, but when Jenna was born she thought, ‘Ok that’s it I guess. I have four boys. But now I have four sons and a daughter.’
Classmates recalled how Jenna’s looks and behaviour sparked intrigue about her gender even back in their high school days. With a slender frame and effeminate mannerisms, she stuck out.
‘It was very obvious,’ Teruko Walker told The Vancouver Sun, recalling her looks and behaviour when she was in her early teens.
‘It wasn’t like she looked like a boy, but acted like a girl. She very much looked like a female,’ said Walker, who was in Grade 11 at the high school at the time.
She has been a veteran beauty pageant competitor since undergoing sexual reassignment surgery at the age of 19 and has competed in a Miss Universe competition before.
Ms Talackova’s story sparked outrage on social networking sites including Twitter after people claimed the organisation was being discriminatory.
More than 20,000 people signed a virtual petition on Change.org demanding that she be re-instated.
She had already reached the finals of the Miss Vancouver pageant before officials stepped in and banned her from the competition.
The only requirement stated on the Miss Universe Canada website is that to enter, women must be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27.
The application form makes no mention of rules regarding sexual reassignment surgery.
Ms Talackova’s case was taken on by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred who is famous for representing clients including a string of Tiger Woods’ ex-lovers and Nicole Brown Simpson’s family during the O.J. Simpsopn trial.
In a YouTube video interview, Ms Talackova said she knew she was a female at the age of four and began hormone therapy ten years later.
‘I regard myself as a woman with a history,’ Ms Talackova says, winking to the camera.
Transgender Miss Universe Canada finalist, Jenna Talackova, of Vancouver, was disqualified from the competition before being re-instated this week
Ms Talackova’s family, who live in east Vancouver and the Northern British Columbia, have supported her throughout her transition.
Vancouver-born Talackova made it to the final with 64 other contestants before learning of the organisation’s U-turn last Friday.
But she has another shot at being crowned winner of the contest, which will be announced on May 19 in Toronto next month. She could then go on and represent Canada in the international Miss Universe Pageant later this year.
Mr Trump overturned the decision to dismiss the Canadian after a wave of publicity surrounding the move.
Ms Allred claimed this week that questions should be posed to Mr Trump’s organisation about the rule rather than focusing on Ms Talackova’s gender, pointing to the letter ‘F’ for female on her passport.
[North Node/Eris = Mars]
Jenna Talackova was born on October 15th, 1988 (time of birth unknown) in Vancouver, Canada according to http://www.facebook.com/J.Talackova/info
October 15th, 1988
10 + 15 +1+9+8+8 = 51 = Jenna’s life lesson = Rules. Regulations. Red tape.
October 15th, 1988
10 + 15 +2+0+1+1 = 29 = Jenna’s personal year (from October 15th, 2011 to October 14th, 2012) = Self-confidence. Participant. Participating.
29 year + 3 (March) = 32 = Jenna’s personal month (from March 15th, 2012 to April 14th, 2012) = Winning. Victory. Triumph.
29 year + 5 (May) = 34 = Jenna’s personal month (from May 15th, 2012 to June 14th, 2012) = Generating a buzz. Wearing red.
34 month + 19 (19th of the month on Saturday May 19th, 2012) = 53 = her personal day = Passionate. Principles. Debatable. Fighting for the truth.
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