Businessman Donald Trump has overturned a decision by the Miss Universe Organization, which he owns, to disqualify Jenna Talackova, a Canadian transgender beauty pageant contestant because she was not a "naturally born" female, Reuters reported.
"As long as she meets the standards of legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, which we understand that she does, Jenna Talackova is free to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant," said Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump.
"Nobody is capitulating. Rather the Miss Universe organization is respecting the laws of Canada," Cohen said.
Talackova, who underwent gender-reassignment surgery at age 19 and holds legal documents affirming her identity as a woman, wants pageant organizers to go further and drop eligibility rules she calls discriminatory.