In a recent interview, Jenna Tackalova, the 6'1" Canadian beauty that forced Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Pageant to change the pageant rules to allow her to compete, stated that "Like I always say, my family didn't understand, so why would I expect anybody else to understand and then they got to know me and they loved me."
In an article on CNN it said that "in an interview with CNN several hours before showtime, the 6-foot-1 blonde Canadian seemed a bit weary, because the spotlight is still squarely on her gender transformation."
Will either a win or loss in the Miss Universe pageant tonight by Jenna Talackova affect people's perceptions in the mainstream about seeing transsexuals without the labels, or will she forever be the "transsexual pageant contestant"?
There have been so many transsexual women through the decades that gained notoriety, only to have it overshadow any accomplishments they would have thereafter. They excelled in politics, fashion, and entertainment, but none of them could ever shake the transsexual label. While the sensationalism of being born physically male has helped launch some, like Lea T, Isis King, Andrej Pejic and Nina Poon, it didn't slow the career of Jin Xing, but did hurt and/or limit the careers of others, like Lauren Foster, Caroline Tulsa Cossey, and April Ashley, for example.