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Jenna Talackova, a Canadian transgendered constestant in the Miss Universe pageant, gets ready for a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press)
Jenna Talackova, a Canadian transgendered constestant in the Miss Universe pageant, gets ready for a photo shoot at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto on Saturday. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press)

Transgendered Miss Universe Canada contestant gets ready to compete Add to ...

The Canadian transgendered Miss Universe contestant who sparked global media attention when she was disqualified from the pageant was all smiles at a Toronto photo shoot on Saturday.

A bubbly Jenna Talackova appeared to be enjoying herself as she posed for the cameras in a variety of outfits, including a white bikini.

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The photo shoot was in advance of the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto, which will culminate with the winner being crowned Saturday.

The tall, slim blonde from Vancouver created an international splash when organizers disqualified because she isn’t a naturally born female.

But pageant owner Donald Trump overruled the decision and said Ms. Talackova could take part.

Ms. Talackova underwent sex-change surgery at age 19 and has said she knew from an early age that she was born the wrong gender.

She says she has a boyfriend and hopes to have two kids some day, but she didn’t initially tell him she was born male.

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