The pageant as a plat­form for change

ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -


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.”

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