Jenna Talackova Makes Us Wonder: What Counts As “Natural Born” To Miss Universe?

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Jenna Talackova, the woman disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition because she was born a man, held a press conference today with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred to fight for her right to compete. And Allred lived up to her reputation with this amazing quote, directed at Miss Universe organization owner Donald Trump: “She did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man, or to see the photos of his birth, to view his anatomy to prove that he was male.”

As the organization says it will allow Talackova to compete if she meets the “legal gender recognition requirements” of Canada, but Allred declared that her client wants the “natural born” rule to be eliminated altogether. Come to think of it, this other statement from Allred brings up a very good question: “She did not think for one moment that what she might have looked like at birth would be relevant.”

Um, yeah. Take a look at these contestants from last year’s Miss Universe, and tell us how many of those women were born looking like that. Underneath all the makeup, hair extensions, bleach, dye and fake lashes, as many as 30 percent of the contestants may have undergone plastic surgery. This fascinating FoxNews.com story from 2009 goes into the details about how many pageant queens go under the knife. Infamous Miss California Carrie Prejean even had her breast augmentation paid for by her state’s pageant directors, sources said. Maybe, in the same way Talackova has felt since she was 4 that she was a woman, Prejean felt like she was born to fill out a bikini better. “Natural” is a pretty vague term, right?

So, yeah, if Miss Universe wants to go there, let’s see all the contestants compete by the same rules: no makeup, all-natural hair, no surgery. Sounds pretty dismal to us.

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