According to CNN, Miss Universe Canada decided to reverse its decision to disqualify a transgender woman who was a finalist in the competition.
In the statement Monday night, the Miss Universe Organization said Jenna Talackova, 23, said that she could participate in the competition provided “she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” However, the statement did not elaborate on what the requirements were.
Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant on March 23 after the organization found out she was transgender. Her disqualification sparked a flood of critical messages on the Miss Universe Canada’s Facebook page. It also sparked a petition on change.org to reverse the decision. The petition received over 41,000 signatures.