"When organizers disqualified Jenna Talackova, claiming she was in defiance of the regulations because she was not physically born female (something heavily contested by advocates), she was swept up in an international media frenzy. Her story electrified the Internet with debate and petitions as she enlisted legal help to be reinstated into the competition.
"She not only was accepted back into the pageant but the rules have since been changed to include transgender women. Consequently, she has become an icon for the transgender rights movement.
"But how does she feel about being called a civil-rights hero?"