Transgender contestant to make history at pageant
Jenna Talackova, the first transgendered Miss Universe contestant, is seen during a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:45AM EDT
TORONTO - Jenna Talackova is set to make history as the first-ever transgendered contestant to compete at the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
The Vancouver beauty, who was born a man but underwent sex-change surgery four years ago, is among 62 contenders vying for the crown.
It all starts tonight with a swimwear and evening gown contest in front of a panel of 15 judges and a live audience in downtown Toronto.
The panel includes designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan of HGTV's "Home Heist," "The Kennedys" actress Kristin Booth and singer Kreesha Turner.
The Miss Universe Canada winner will be crowned Saturday.
Talackova has drawn the bulk of media attention so far, attracting an entourage of reporters and photographers at various public events in recent days.