Jenna Talackova talks Miss Universe 2012 on 'The View'Add to Favorites | The View
"Everyone has been asking me, but I saved it for this show," Talackova tells Barbara Walters. "Yes, I'm going to compete."
Talackova also says she understands people who may not have immediately warmed to the idea of her competing as a woman.
"This is why I'm sympathetic against anyone who doesn't understand because my family didn't understand," she says. "I had three older brothers, very macho, but they grew to understand and now I'm the sister they've always dreamed of."
Talackova was also extremely gracious as "The View"-sters peppered her with questions about her sexuality, like whether gender reassignment surgery was painful or if she is able to have "normal sexual relations."
"Yes I can," she says.
Meanwhile, Talackova's attorney Gloria Allred chimed in with this zinger: "Sometimes people say the most painful part of being a woman is when they cut your salary in half."
Talackova, who towered over Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, also said she's gotten a lot of support from her fellow Canadian contestants.
"When I got disqualified I received a few text messages from the girls that were so supportive," says Talackova. "They're just an amazing bunch."