McLEOD GANJ: For its 5th edition, there are as many as 9 contestants in the fray for the Miss Himalaya beauty pageant title.
Pageant director, Lobsang Wangyal says, “It’s history in the making. It is by far the biggest number of contestants in the five years of the Pageant.”
The nine are Aaisha Gurung, 25, from Chamba; Akansha Mahat, 19, from Dharamshala; Kalzang Butith, 22, from Kaza, Lahaul and Spiti; Mannat Thakur, 18, from Nahan; Monika Negi, 20, from Rampur Bushahr; Palak Thakur, 17, from Palampur; Preksha Rana, 21, from Gaggal; Simran Mehta, 20, from Dharamshala; and Tashi Lhamo, 24, from Kathmandu.
We have the support of Honourable Minister for Urban Development, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Sudhir Sharma. And the Himachal Tourism is supporting the Pageant with some funding assistance.
The organisers say, “the Pageant is an example of turning words into action, and making a difference in the community. There can be many more such events and programmes if we truly want to empower the women. The Pageant acts as a launching pad for all the ambitious and talented young women, giving them the chance they deserve to touch new heights and to be seen as modern young women.”
The Pageant also provides opportunities for fostering friendship and understanding among the Himalayan people.
The online Miss Photogenic voting will start at 12 noon on the 6th, and will close at 12 noon on the 8th.
The winner will walk away with a cash prize of one lakh (1,00,000) rupees, while the First Runner-up will get 50,000 rupees, and the Second Runner-up 25,000 rupees.