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Disqualified Transgender Miss Universe Contestant Gets Elle Canada Spread

She may not have gotten the crown, but this is a huge honor.

Now this is a redemption story: In 2012, model Jenna Talackova was unceremoniously disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant because she was born a male, despite the fact that she'd undergone gender-reassignment surgery at the age of 19. Now, at 25, Talackova is helping to bring global awareness to this issue, with her upcoming reality show called Brave New Girls (slated to air on E! Canada), and a fashion spread in the Jan. 2014 issue of Elle Canada (via Huffington Post).

The model took to her Twitter account last week to tease her editorial, which is a huge milestone in her burgeoning career as a model. She could easily double as an activist, however -- her standing up against the Miss Universe Organization led it to modify the rules, and transgender contestants are now allowed to compete.

Read the full, inspiring story -- complete with a behind-the-scenes video of her shoot -- over at Elle Canada.

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