Transgender in the Miss Universe: A Gender Equality Issue

Transgender Recognized by Miss Universe Org.

Jenna Talackova has made an incredible addition to the running history of the Miss Universe pageant by marking the opening of its elusive doors to transgender from all around the globe. Noted for its incomparable record for celebrating the beauty and grandeur of women, the Miss Universe Organization has made it clear: yes, they are fighting with this world’s battle for gender equality. Or are they?

Transgender and Women are Different


For the many years of our existence we have developed varying cultures; embraced new practices; raised new beliefs and accepted lifestyles which were once upon a time hushed and deliberately discriminated – an expected response when faced with things or circumstances that we do not yet understand. Transgender, in our time (which is now) are continuously gaining rights and privileges; accepted into society and appreciated by its men and women. They are after all, valuable contributions to our existence – a mark of our times. But, let us not forget the value of our women – their undeniable femininity bursting from their hearts, shining from within their female spirits. There is a reason we are born men and women. We have duly acknowledged with respect that the in-between be accepted; even loved. To pit them against our women; to have them share the spotlight with our women in a celebration of our women’s beauty and unique importance is to cross the boundaries even they have set out to build.

Gender Equality between Transgender and Women

Equality is such a big word these days. And just as “a woman who sets out to be like a man has no ambition” it is also reasonable to say that a transgender who sets out to insist that a transgender is no different from an actual woman is taking it a little bit too over the edge – a little too “scarlet”. For equality to be unscathed by the imprints of a terribly showbiz world; an overly advertised sub-reality (which is the way everyone should want Equality to be), the parties involved must realize and boldly admit that equality can only blossom if we acknowledge the differences paved for us well even before our time; it can only grow if we allow for the proper space to be given to whom it shall be given when it shall be given and how; gender equality can only be true to its meaning if we understand and accept that women and transgender women should be upheld in their own limelight, in their own stage: both of which do not belong to the same space.

Miss Universe: Discovery for Womanhood not Transgenders

The Miss Universe pageants paved the way for hundreds of our women to be introduced into the world as princesses and queens; adored and admired by many, inspiring dreams and hopes with a signature wave and a dazzling smile, gaining trusts and loyalties with a straightforward and sincere answer, making hearts and imaginations run wild with a magical twist in a sparkling gown, challenging people of all genders to stand for something – to believe in beauty, sincerity, in the richness of our species and in the magic of our lives. To dull such a genius celebration by blurring and even erasing the lines which define the lasting existence of the Miss Universe pageants as an avenue for the discovery of a deeper, truer truth in our women by not differentiating them from the in-betweens is a heartbreak and a stone hard evidence that beliefs and rights are no longer for the truth of everyone but for the pleasure and desire of some.

Transgender in the Miss Universe?

Let us not turn our backs on the truth; on the unique value of our women and in the unique treasures of our transgenders. They may exist in one world, fighting for one cause but to face each other for a crown in a single pageant is an explosive interlude that will (if not already) confuse and decay the importance of them both.

Author: gaucallantajr

Gau Callanta Jr. is a beauty pageant walk and talk trainer. He teaches proper walking posture, speed & ambiance, head & eye movements, stage strategies, and on how to answer pageant questions. Contact him for training (Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines.) or purchase his PDF pageant question and answer reviewer and manual by texting at (+63) 920 236 7033 or at (+63) 956 864 3925