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Update: Jenna Talackova, transgender contestant, wins Miss Congeniality at Miss Canada pageant

Jenna Talackova in the Miss Universe Canada competition last week. More photos of Jenna Talackova competing for Miss Canada. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

This year’s scorching beauty pageant controversy (because there’s one every year, isn’t there?) has ended peacefully. Jenna Talackova, the contestant originally ousted from the Miss Universe Canada pageant because she was not born a woman, was a top 12 finalist in the Saturday night competition in Toronto, reports Reuters — and though the 23-year-old did not win, she was voted a “Miss Congeniality” by her fellow contestants. After Talackova, who had gender reassignment surgery at 19, protested her March disqualification, calling it a “human rights” issue, officials reversed course, and the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe organization rewrote its rules to allow transgender women to compete in all of its pageants in 2013. Will any Canadians remember the name of the lady who actually won? She’s Sahar Biniaz.

More photos . . . .

View Photo Gallery: Jenna Talackova, who was initially disqualified for not being a “naturally born female,” was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality in the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

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