Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova – First Transgendered Miss Universe Contestant – Gets New Reality Show – & Then She Doesn’t – UPDATED

Jenna Talackova. Photo: Twitpic via The Vancouver Observer

Vancouverite Jenna Talackova is more than just a famous beauty; she’s renowned for winning a significant victory for civil rights. As you may remember, she was  the first-ever transgendered person to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Her experience with the pageant made international headlines when she was first disqualified for being transgendered then, after a public outcry, petition and threatened lawsuit, was finally reinstated by the Miss Universe organization (headed by Donald Trump). Her fight led to a landmark rule change that will allow transgender women in all competitions starting in 2013—a huge victory for trans people and equality.

Though Talackova ultimately lost the Miss Universe title (to fellow Vancouverite Sahar Biniaz), she’s won something that has the potential to make a much bigger impact: her own reality show!

According to CTV news, Shaw TV has picked up Talackova’s reality show for a Canadian version of the Lifetime channel. (Lifetime is a women-centred U.S. network similar to Slice.) Shaw Media expects to launch the Canadian Lifetime channel—and Talackova’s show—in September 2012.

There’s no information yet about whether or not the show will involve Vancouver, Talackova’s hometime, focus on her ambitions to break barriers by modeling for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated, or simply follow the beauty in her day-to-day life….Either way, it will be wonderful to see a high-profile Vancouverite and trans woman in the spotlight!

What do you think? Would you watch Jenna Talackova’s reality show? Discuss!

UPDATE: Oops, looks like Talackova won’t be getting a reality show after all. According to the Huffington Post/Canadian Press:

“[Shaw] Programming boss Barbara Williams said Wednesday morning [May 30] the broadcaster had picked up a reality show about the leggy Vancouver blond. But later in the afternoon, a Shaw spokeswoman said Williams “misinterpreted” a reporter’s question and that such a show “is not part of Lifetime’s channel lineup and has not been commissioned by the network.”


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