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Transgendered Miss Universe Canada contestant gets ready to compete

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

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.

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

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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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