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Jenna Talackova creates history after becoming the first transgendered Miss Universe contestant. (Photos: Reuters, Getty)

The Miss Universe pageant has changed its rules and has allowed transgender women to take part in all of its competitions following follows a media outcry over the disqualification of Canadian contestant Jenna Talackova from the Miss Universe Canada contest because she was not a "naturally born female."

Talackova 23, who underwent gender reassignment surgery when she was 19, was reinstated to the Canadian competition by businessman Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization. Talackova has a Canadian passport, driver's license and other documents that identify her as a woman.

Transgendered contestant Jenna Talackova (2nd R) takes part in Miss Universe Canada competition while wearing her bikini in Toronto

 

Her disqualification had then sparked commentary on the Internet and cable television news shows about the boundaries of gender identification, civil liberties and the rights of private organizations to set their own rules.

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