Beauty queen Jenna Talackova, kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada pageant for being transgender and then reinstated, will discuss her story live on The View on ABC on April 9.
Talackova, whose family hails from the aboriginal Babine Lake Nation of British Columbia, fought for the right to compete, hiring prominent attorney Gloria Allred to help her challenge pageant owner Donald Trump in what became a series of dueling barbs about genitals.
Allred and Talackova had the last word as Trump pulled out of the fight but not the fray, rescinding the rule that contestants had to be “natural born females” but making several snide comments about her name and its similarity (in his mind) to the word “genital” as he exited the controversy.
“Whether a person is a woman is not simply defined by her genitalia,” Allred said on 20/20, where Talackova, her mother and the other players were interviewed on April 6. Talackova said knew from age 4 that she wanted to grow up female, not male, she told Walters, and was devastated when the pageant disqualified her.
Below, a sample of the chitchat surrounding her upcoming appearance on the panel-style, all-female talk show The View.