3 comments on “Sahar Biniaz: the woman who foiled Jenna Talackova’s dream

  1. I forgot to add — the new Miss Canada (Sahar Biniaz) is not only stunning but definitely has talent, brains and heart. She is a professional TV actress (she’s appeared in the TV series “Smalllville” and “Sancturay”), is very cosmpolitan (she’s been to 22 countries) and very articulate (a trained public speaker). She is into real estate investments and her educational background includes a degree in business. She also has a degree in the performing arts which she used as a springboard for her acting career in Los Angeles. And although her family fled to Canada as political refugees, she continues to maintain her ties with Iranian film directors in which she collaborates with into making films. Sahar is also very active in charities as far away as Thailand. Sahar is also a Miss Canada “repeater” — she was the 1st runner-up in 2008.

    Sahar will make for a formidable candidate at Miss Universe. Her one weak spot is her age — at 26 — she is just a year shy from the current 27-year old age limit for Miss Universe — Sahar will be among the “older” ones at the pageant (Remember Deborah Henry of Malaysia last year who many assumed was a shoo-in as a Miss Universe semifinalist but didn’t make it? Pageant analysts think it may have been her ripe old age of 26 that did her in. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen to Sahar or to any candidate who’s reached the unfortunate age of 26!).

  2. Norman — It’s interesting to note that Miss Canada and her runner-ups come mostly from immigrant families (Sahar Biniaz is of Iranian ethnicity but she was born in India). 1st runner-up Admoa Yamoah is of Ghanaian ethnicity and 2nd runner-up Madj Soudi is of Arabic extract. Filipino-Canadian Kesiah Papasin won as 4th runner-up. Other Filipino-Canadian candidates who competed were Suzette Hernandez and Maria Nicolas. What is notable is that more than half of the Canadian candidates were from different ethnic and immigrant backgrounds — a true reflection of the meting pot Canada is today.

    As for Jenna Talackova, well, at least her participation to compete in Miss Canada broadened the public discussion on gender identity and what it means in the 21st century. No doubt, its meaning and the public discussion over what it means to be a “woman” (or a “man” for that matter) will continue to evolve for years to come. It is rather interesting that it took a pageant like Miss Universe to cast a very public spotlight on this very personal and sensitive issue.

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