Sex change halts beauty queen bid

Beach shots depict her as every inch a curvaceous beauty queen, but 23-year-old Jenna Talackova was born male and that has led to her being disqualified from Miss Universe Canada.

The rules of the contest run by the Donald Trump organisation say entrants must be "naturally born" females so organisers have told Ms Talackova - who underwent a sex change four years ago - she is out of the 61st Miss Universe Canada final taking place in May.

After being told she "did not meet the requirements to compete", the Vancouver resident is reported to be getting a lawyer. The disqualification has won her widespread sympathy and raised the question of whether the pageant has the right to decide who is female.