Finally, a Canadian fashion mag we CAN get behind! And their cover model of choice is Jenna Talackova. Applause, applause, applause all around for Elle Canada and this stunning senorita.
In case you don’t remember Talackova, the Vancouver model rose to fame after she was fired from real estate mogul Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Canada pageant when it was discovered she had been born male. She underwent gender-reassignment surgery at age 19 (though she was identified as female at age four), but pushed back against the Miss Universe Organization for them to change their rules. The happy ending to this story? She was ultimately allowed back into the contest, only to become one of four contestants awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.
Now Talackova is back in the news, having scored a major fashion spread for Elle Canada. “I can’t believe I’m posing for them,” Talackova gushed in a behind-the-scenes video posted on the magazine’s website. “It’s been a dream — I put them on my vision board and it happened!” The cover girl also dishes a little on her personal fashion sense, telling the mag that, from an early age, she was mesmerized by her mom’s beauty routine. “Now I’m into Japanese and Korean fashion — Harajuku Barbie mixed with preppy housewife,” she quips.
Talackova has since taken to Twitter to share photos from her shoot in which she looks absolutely beau-ti-ful! In one snap she rocks a jeweled blouse with a hot red lip, while another super close shot shows off her flawless, poreless skin. And am I alone in thinking that the photo of her standing near a window makes her look like Kim Kardashian’s long-lost twin? Maybe it’s the blonde hair and perfectly manicured eyebrows, but those lips and cheekbones had me doing a double take. Or dare I say, she also looks a little like Ivanka Trump? Hmmmm, I wonder what Donald would say?
Ironically, in a similar Kardashian career move, Talackova is soon set to star in an E! Canada reality show titled, Brave New Girl. I so hope Britney’s song of the same name will play in the opening credits, but also look forward to seeing more of this game-changing gal in the future.