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Transgender contestant wins Miss Congeniality

Jenna Talackova takes home prize in four-way tie, but is not crowned Miss Universe Canada
Miss Universe Canada's Miss Congenialities: Jenna Talackova, Kylee Apers, Maria Julia Nahri and Maria Cecilia Nicholas

Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman who was temporarily banned from competing, won the Miss Congeniality prize in a four-way tie, but did not take home the Miss Universe Canada crown.

Talackova was reinstated as a contestant in Miss Universe Canada after threats of legal action and a public Twitter-spat with Donald Trump, who sponsors the awards.

But Sahar Biniaz (26), a Canadian citizen with an Iranian-Indian background, was crowned Miss Universe Canada at Saturday’s ceremony. Talackova was not one of the four runners-up but she did make into into the top-12 semi-finalists.

Talackova didn’t leave the competition empty-handed though. She won the Miss Congeniality award with Kylee Apers, Maria Julia Nahri and Maria Cecilia Nicholas.

And she succeeded in changing the rules of the competition, so that in the future trangsgender women can freely participate in the beauty pageant.

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