Transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova on Monday told the women of ABC's The View that gender reassignment surgery was “excruciatingly painful.”

Talackova appeared on the program with civil rights 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.

Seated on the show's sofa, she said she knew she wasn't a boy since she could put “2 and 2 together.”

“I've always been attracted to everything effeminate.”

“You had sex surgery?” Barbara Walters asked.

“I had sex reassignment surgery.”

“Very painful,” Walters stated.


“Well, it's just like getting,” Talackova responded, “if you can imagine anything getting reconstructed, the after surgery it's just, it's just terrible because ...”

“It's removing your genitals,” Walters added as Talackova nodded in agreement. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)