Canadian model Jenna Talackova, 23, was disallowed from competing in the the Miss Universe Canada in May after admitting she was born a male and underwent a sex change four years ago. The pageant, owned by Donald Trump’s organisation ruled that all entrants must be “naturally born females”.
However once Ms Talackova announced a news conference in Los Angeles with top lawyer Gloria Allred, the New York-based company said that she will be able to enter “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada”.
Requests for clarification on this statement were not answered immediately and Ms Talackova’s news conference will go ahead in spite of the statement.
Ms Talackova’s disqualification won her widespread sympathy, with many questioning why a beauty pageant has the authority to decide who is considered female.