Donald Trump says his organization is allowing a transgender woman who was born a male to compete for Canada's spot in the Miss Universe pageant — and he's wishing her good luck.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the Miss Universe Organization says 23-year-old Jenna Talackova, who underwent a sex change four years ago, can compete in the 2012 competition to become Canada's pageant contestant.
"I do not want any other woman to suffer the discrimination that I have endured," Jenna Talackova said Monday. She underwent a sex change four years ago.
Her attorney, Gloria Allred, displayed a copy of Talackova's passport, which lists her as female, as do her birth certificate and driver's license.
"I am a woman," Talackova said. "I was devastated and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust. I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete."
Talackova, 23, of Vancouver was born male. Her sex change led organizers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May.
Talackova's attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference earlier in the day demanding the organization eliminate its rule requiring contestants be born as women.
Allred did not respond immediately to a call and email seeking comment on Tuesday.
The Miss Universe Organization, which is run by Trump, says it made a fair and just decision on Monday to allow Talackova's participation. The organization says it is reviewing rules to make sure similar issues don't arise again.