Jenna Talackova on pushing boundaries and Brave New Girls

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When Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada for being born male, her story made headlines all over the world. But since successfully fighting the rules to re-enter the competition, the 25-year-old has pushed even farther to pursue a career in modelling and acting.

Her journey to follow through on her ambitions, without being pigeonholed, has been documented in a new E! series that premieres this Sunday: Brave New Girls.

Talackova joins Jian to discuss the media firestorm than surrounded her in 2012, why she doesn't want her transgender identity to be seen as a gimmick, and why she's decided to share her story, on different terms, today.

"I love telling my story to people as long as they approach me in a respectful manner," she said. 'I had no role models who were transgender, and I want to be that kind of girl."

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Jenna Talackova says she had no transgender role models growing up. "I want to be that kind of girl." (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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