Jenna Talackova has been disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant following her admission to officials that she is a transgender.

The incident has seen support pouring in for the 6-foot, 1-inch blonde from different sections of society.

"She is a woman and deserves to be treated as any other woman would be," read a petition which is campaigning to get Talackova reinstated in the contest.

Talackova who is from Vancouver tweeted on Wednesday:


"She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form. We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best," said a statement from the Miss Universe Canada organisation.

Jenna Talackova may not have made it to the top, but there are some lucky people whose gender might not have hindered their ambitions to fly high.

A Thailand-based carrier PC Air has hired four transgender cabin crews in the first week of March.

"I like a job where I can show my ability and I love to wear beautiful suits," AFP quoted Phuntakarn Sringern, known by her nickname Mew, embarking on the airline's first commercial flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

"This is just like my dream come true, and maybe this is a first step for transladies, transgenders, to have a good job in the future," Mew added.

Take a look at the transgender cabin crew at PC Air:

Chayathisa Nakmai, Dissanai Chitpraphachin, Nathatai Sukkaset, and Phuntakarn Sringern, pose for photographers at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International AirportReuters
PC Air transsexual flight attendants Chayathisa Nakmai, 24, demonstrates in-flight safety to passengers on P.C. Air's aircraft at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International AirportReuters
PC Air transsexual flight attendants pose for photographers in a PC Air aircraft in Bangkok.Reuters
Transgender flight attendants at a grooming session.Reuters
Transvestite and transgender candidates for the Miss Amazing Philippines Beauties 2011 pageant pose for photographers at a hotel in ManilaReuters
A drag queen performs during the red carpet of the movie "The British Guide to Showing Off" by Jes Benstock at the Rome Film FestivalReuters
Contestants wait in the dressing room before competing in the Miss International Queen 2009 transsexual beauty pageant in the Thai resort city of Pattaya, Thailand.Reuters