Transgender beauty queen Jenna
Talackova on Friday told Barbara Walters that she was bullied in
In an interview broadcast on ABC's
20/20, Walters spoke with Talackova, her mother and civil
right attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Talackova.
Talackova is the 23-year-old Canadian
who was told she could not compete in the Miss Universe Canada
pageant because she was not born female. The organization later
backtracked, saying Talackova would be allowed to participate.
Talackova told Walters that her high
school was very supportive but she was bullied by other students,
including being called “tranny.”
She said she began to transition at the
age of 14.
“I went to the doctor and I just let
them know this is how I feel, this is what it is, and I need to start
hormones as soon as possible. I took estrogen, which helped me
develop my own breasts and keep my skin as it was,” she said.
Talackova said her gender reassignment
surgery was “intense” and “terribly painful.”
“But seeing something on your body
for that long and not being able to look at myself in the mirror
because I couldn't stand seeing the other part, it was actually very
rewarding, too,” she said.
When Walters asked, “So, if I saw you
undressed, you would look like a woman to me totally?” Talackova
answered: “Of course.” (Watch
the entire segment on YouTube.)