IT IS AN event designed to celebrate the country's most beautiful women. But next year's Miss Universe Singapore could be won by somebody born a man, after organisers revealed that they are considering accepting contestants who have had a sex change.
The news comes after a Canadian transgender woman, Jenna Talackova (pictured above), 23, was disqualified from the competition due to her status.
But was eventually allowed to return, after hinting that she would file a discrimination lawsuit against the organisers.
A spokesman for Derrol Stepenny Promotions, which runs the Republic's edition of the international beauty pageant, said it is waiting for instructions on the move from the parent organisation.
News of the impending change drew mixed reactions from Singaporeans, with some saying that it would make the competition more relevant and others warning that transgender contestants might have an unfair advantage because they would definitely have gone under the knife. (The Straits Times)
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