well, the popularity of this event, since the re-instatement of Jenna Talackova, was so demanding that organizers created a live webcast so the world could watch Jenna and 61 other lovely beauties compete for the title of miss Universe canad - the person who would represent Canada at the Miss Universe contest later this year.
Jenna captured more media attention that any other of the ladies combined, and she handled her interviews with poise and professionalism. Jenna appeared totally happy and comfortable as she strutted her stuff on stage. While she made the first cut to the final 20, and the second cut to the final 12, she did not make the final cut to the top 5. Ironically, it was the other Vancouver delegate who took home the grand prize. Jenna won one of the special consolation awards though, a co-winner of Miss Congeniality.
Most importantly, Jenna achieved monumental success in terms of raising public education and awareness towards trans discrimination and the issues facing trans people. she broke down a barrier and fought for the right to stay in the event. Not only did she open doors for herself, but she opened doors for trans advocates all over the world.
During the event, i traded tweets with transwomen from all over the world, including toronto transwoman Susan Gapka, who was in the live audience. I also provided play by play updates for Montreal Gazette journalize Jillian Page, who didn't have the bandwidth on her internet connection to get the live video feed. Jillian blogged shortly thereafter.
I sent off Jenna a private e-mail tonight to congradulate her and thank her for all her has done, and to encourage her to continue to play an active role in trans rights advocacy work. Time will tell.