Vancouverite Jenna Talackova has been named one of three grand marshals of the 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade, which will be held in the West End on August 5.
Talackova came into the public eye when she won a high-profile fight against the Miss Universe Organization to become the first transgender contestant to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. While Talackova was a top-12 finalist in the May 20 pageant, the 23-year-old lost the title of “Miss Universe Canada” to another Vancouver woman. Talackova, however, was named “Miss Congeniality” in a four-way tie.
The other grand marshals will be sports pioneer Bill Monroe and community activist David Holtzman (posthumously), who died of a heart attack on April 10.
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