Jenna Talackova, the transgender Miss Universe contestant from Canada who challenged the institution and Donald Trump who initially expelled her from the completion, will be starring in her own reality TV show.
Airing on E! Canada, Jenna Talackova’s show will be called “Brave New Girl.”
“I believe everything happens for a reason. A lot of my friends and people who meet me [thought]I should have a show because I’m so funny,” said Talackova in an interview with the Globe and Mail.
Her show will focus on her move from Vancouver to Toronto with appearances from her former Miss Universe Canada contestants, Elena Semikina and Dajana Radovanovic.
“I hate living with people – well, I don’t hate living with people – but I like having my own space,” said Talackova.
Applying hormone treatments at 14 and undergoing sex reassignment in 2010, she was born Walter Talackova. After Donald Trump expelled her from the Miss Universe finals, he reversed his decision following harsh criticism from the public. This decision allows future transgender contestants to compete.
“We just thought telling a docu-soap story of Jenna would be interesting, just on how sort of a normal girl she is, just a normal girl who just wants to be famous, with this amazing back story” E! Canada Director Rachel Goldstein-Couto said in a statement.
Talackova has been presented multiple television offers, including a concept based on “The Bachelor.”
According to Peacock Alley Entertainment’s Producer Carrie Mudd, that concept “would make her very much a flash in the pan.”
“[Peacock wants] to help build her brand and really help her chase her dreams. I think that’s why, in the end, we decided to work together,” Mudd continued.
The change in location from Vancouver to Toronto will also put Talackova closer to New York City.
“I think it’s more a chapter in my life where I want to play with my career more so than being in, like, a relationship,” Talackova concluded. “I think if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s definitely being funny. I just hope people fall in love with my comedy and, like, my personality and really enjoy the show.”