Trump says transgender hopeful can enter pageant
Published: April 3, 2012 06:22PM
Updated: April 3, 2012 06:22PM

Los Angeles • Donald Trump says his organization is allowing a transgender woman who was born a male to compete for Canada’s spot in the Miss Universe pageant — and he’s wishing her good luck.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Miss Universe Organization says 23-year-old Jenna Talackova, who underwent a sex change four years ago, can compete in the 2012 competition to become Canada’s pageant contestant.

Talackova’s attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference earlier in the day demanding the organization eliminate its rule requiring contestants be born as women.

Allred did not respond immediately to a call and email seeking comment on Tuesday.

The Miss Universe Organization, which is run by Trump, says it made a fair and just decision on Monday to allow Talackova’s participation. The organization says it is reviewing rules to make sure similar issues don’t arise again.

Like all contestants, Trump says he wishes Talackova the best of luck in her quest for the crown, like all contestants.