Nancy J. White
Talackova, 24, has teamed up with Toronto’s Peacock Alley Entertainment to make a show about her life called Boy Meets Girl. The television production company is developing a pilot for Bell Media, according to Peacock Alley executive producer Carrie Mudd.
“I hope [it] will inspire people to look beyond the traditional definitions of beauty and gender,” explains Talackova, a Vancouver resident, in an email. “The show will travel around the world with me as I build my career. I’m excited to be pursuing my dreams and am happy to share my triumphs (and challenges) along the way.”
Since the pageant, Talackova has received a lot of modeling requests, including Playboy, she says, and she’s considering a few of them. She was in costume at Toronto’s Brazilian Ball and has been invited to take part in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parade.
And she’s served as grand marshal of the Vancouver Pride Parade and launched a change.org petition to get the World Health Organization to remove transsexualism from its list of mental disorders. “The creator put me on this earth to be a role model to others going through the same experiences that I have,” says the 6-foot-1 blond.
Born a boy and named Walter, Talackova says she knew from a young age that she was in the wrong body. She began receiving hormone therapy at age 14 and went through sex-reassignment surgery five years later.
The beauty contestant made worldwide headlines when the Miss Universe pageant, owned by Donald Trump, disqualified her as not a “naturally born female.” A blogger had outed her as participating in a transsexual beauty contest in Thailand.
With high profile U.S. lawyer Gloria Allred taking up her cause, Talackova made the rounds of big-name television interviewers, including ABC’s Barbara Walters. In April, Trump reinstated her, and the pageant changed its rules.
Out of the 62 women in the Miss Universe Canada pageant, Talackova advanced to the top 12 but did not make it to the last five. She did, however, beat them all on another score: Yahoo Canada’s top searches for 2012 ranked “Jenna Talackova” number 10.
The proposed Boy Meets Girl series would be aspirational, following Talackova, her family and friends, and her team — publicist, agent, lawyer — as she sorts out her future, explains executive producer Mudd. “How could someone not be inspired by a subject who has been through this much stuff?” she asks.
The promotional video, known as a sizzler, shows Talackova chatting with a plastic surgeon, going for a colonic, flirting with a young man and modeling bikinis on a runway. “I feel like a heroine in a sense,” she says in a voice-over.