The pageant as a platform for change
The Miss Universe Canada contestant became an inspiration in 2012 when she was disqualified from the competition because she was born a man—even though she’d had gender-reassignment surgery and identifies as female. She then successfully lobbied the organization to allow transgender contestants.
When this Toronto actress and human-rights advocate was crowned Miss World Canada in May, her father, who lives in her native China, reportedly received threats because of her humanrights advocacy. She refuses to back down: “A person’s thoughts and conscience are the most essential part of a person; if that liberty is taken away, society won’t progress.”