Canadian transgender model to star in her own reality series

The Globe and Mail

Transgendered contestant Jenna Talackova (MARK BLINCH/REUTERS)

Canadian transgender model Jenna Talackova has inked a deal to star in her own reality-TV series.

E! Canada has ordered eight episodes of the new series Brave New Girl, which will follow Talackova as she relocates from her hometown of Vancouver to Toronto in order to advance her modeling career.

“I’m so happy to sharing my life with the E! viewers,” said Talackova in the E! press release. “It will be fun letting the world watch as I take the next steps in pursuing my dreams.”

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The new show will be produced for E! by Toronto's production company Peacock Alley Entertaiment. Slated to begin filming in Toronto this summer, the series will also devote screen time to Talackova’s entourage, including documentary filmmaker Elena and fellow model Dajana.

Originally born Walter Talackova, the lanky blonde model began her gender transition at age 14 and completed sex-reassignment surgery at 19.

Talackova made worldwide headlines last year when she was disqualified from participating in the Miss Universe Canada pageant by Donald Trump, the owner of the pageant brand. After bringing lawyer Gloria Allred, Talackova was reinstated into the competition by Trump. Although she failed to reach the top five finalists, she was one of four contestants awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.

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