The Miss Universe organization on Tuesday announced that transgender women would be allowed to compete.

The decision comes after transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova was told she could not compete in Miss Universe Canada because she was not born female. Within days the decision was reversed, but the 23-year-old Talackova asked real estate mogul Donald Trump, who owns Miss Universe, to drop the rule.

Trump said the decision was made independently of Talackova's actions and those of civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Talackova.

“We made the decision two days before we even heard that [Allred] was involved,” Trump told CNN. “Had I known she was involved, maybe I wouldn't have made that decision because she's easy to beat.”

On ABC's The View, Allred suggested Trump was being disingenuous.

“If he didn't know that I was involved he had to be the only one in the Western world who didn't know it. I suggest that he read the news. Keep up with the news, Donald. In addition, he says that he would have reversed the rule. In other words … he would have decided, 'I'll go back to inequality and discriminatory treatment.'”

Miss Universe officials credited the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for the ban's end, not Allred.

“The decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD and not Jenna's legal representation, which if anything delayed the process,” Miss Universe President Paula Shugart said in a statement. “We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”

“For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender,” said GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick. “We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately. The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics, NCAA, the Girl Scouts of America and The CW's America's Next Top Model.”

Talackova, a Vancouver resident, has identified as female since age 4. She began transitioning at the age of 14 and underwent gender reassignment surgery at 19. Her driver's license, birth certificate and passport state that she is female.

(Related: Jenna Talackova: Gender reassignment surgery was “excruciatingly painful.”)