Looks like I won’t be watching the Miss Universe Pageant ever again.
Check out this useful bit of news from Time Magazine’s website:
(NEW YORK) — Transgender women will be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe beauty pageant next year, officials announced Tuesday, a week after they ruled a trail-blazing 23-year-old could vie for the crown this year. Pageant officials said they are working on the language of the official rule policy change but expected final word to come soon. Trials for next year’s Miss Universe pageant begin this summer.
The move comes five days after the organization said that Jenna Talackova (pictured above) could compete in the Miss Universe pageant this year. Talackova, a Vancouver resident, underwent a sex change four years ago after being born a male. The advocacy group GLAAD called on the Miss Universe Organization to review her case, as well as open the competition to transgender women.
“We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD,” said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”
Talackova’s sex change initially led organizers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May, citing a rule that she must be “naturally born” a woman. Talackova pleaded with the pageant’s leaders to drop the rule.
The article goes on to say that Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, wished Talackova the best of luck. That’s a PR-savvy move on Trump’s part, but he must be fuming inside. We all know The Donald is not only the President of Miss Universe, he also samples the goods. Both his ex-wife and his current trophy wife are former models who have won pageants such as this.
The new rule still has to be approved by Trump, so it’ll be interesting to see if he actually goes through with it. All the sheiks, sultans and moguls who “rent” these chicks might have Trump under pressure to veto. Miss Universe is kinda like an auctioning block where wealthy powerful men bid on concubines. But if this new transgender rule goes through, Mister Cee will be in the front row, ready to drop a few stacks.