Transgender model Jenna Talackova says going vegan was “healthiest transformation”

In 2012, Jenna Talackova became something of an LGBT icon when she fought to open the Miss Universe beauty pageant to transgender women and won.

Two years later, the Vancouver model has become the latest vegan celebrity.

In a new video for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Talackova reveals she went vegan three years ago because she loves animals.

"You are what you eat, and I'd rather be a fruit than a dead, rotting carcass," Talackova says.

Talackova also appears in a PETA poster ad wearing an outfit made of vegetables.

This Sunday (January 26), Talackova's reality TV series, Brave New Girls, will premiere on E! at 7 p.m.

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DavidH
Pity. For a while, I thought she had a brain, despite her modelling aspirations.

But joining PETA - one of the world's most dishonest and contemptible "advocacy" groups - suggests otherwise.
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Ugh
Another vegan moron. Do some research. How do you plan on getting enough iron?

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Stephen Hui
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Myq
it's not the vegan part that irritates me. that's a personal choice. and I don't care about the transgender thing, either. we all have to be who we have to be, and she's clearly a beautiful woman.

but don't try to politicize my grocery list. i'm a meat eater, and will remain so.
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No wiener
Jenna is saying no to wiener ( meat) in more ways than one.
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Meathead
My title will give you my culinary leanings however I feel it's up to the individual to have free choice if they choose to change their gender or taxon. Although my opinion is Jenna got it wrong on the latter. And Mr. Hui would have you believe that eating a bale of kale is a suitable alternative to a 6oz steak.
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Shellyvegan Norton
Jenna you make Vancouver even more beautiful.
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Ron
Good for her , anything to make those complicate in serial animal murder to feel responsible for their heinous perspective regarding other living things.
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Bad Photo
My first thought at seeing this pic is, after undergoing gender reassignment, why would Ms. Talackova allow PETA to photograph her with a penis constructed of vegetables??? This photo is not nearly as flattering as other female celebrity shots for PETA, and didn't have me thinking "don't eat meat", it had me thinking PETA was making a bad joke at Ms. Talckova's expense.
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Crikey
@ Bad Photo - They made a pee pee out of peas.
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A
I like how "she" has a huge veggie penis in this photo. Photographers really thought that one through
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Raskolnikov
This "celebrity" will do just about anything for a quick buck I suppose. It's better than getting a real job. Otherwise her fifteen minutes of fame are up.
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how do you tell if somebody is vegan?
they tell you. again and again and again and...
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James Loewen
Bravo Jenna Talackova!

Wonderful to hear you supporting the rights of other sentient creatures and respect of them through a vegan diet.

The benefits of eating vegan are many and you illustrate several of them beautifully.
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Jake
@Meathead:
100 grams of steak = 13% of your recommended daily iron intake
100 grams of kale = 8% of your recommended daily iron intake
Not much difference mate.
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RUK
Something about veganism really irks the hell out of the internet!

I'm not a vegan but I like to eat vegetables. Some of my meals are vegan. It's not really a big deal, but it takes more imagination than I have as a cook to do it full time, so I eat the odd bird or fish as well. The health and environmental advantages of veganism are not really controversial. Maybe they come off as a little preachy, but we're always being sold something: I'd rather be sold on eating natural foods than a new malt-based beverage, or used cars.
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