Seventeen year old Tibetan refugee Tenzin Yangkyi from Switzerland won the Miss Tibet 2011 contest on Monday in Himachal Pradeshâ€™s Dharamsala town the seat of the Tibetan government in exile.
Yangkyi won the Miss photogenic title as well.There were six participants this time.She won a cash prize of Rs 100,000,said Lobsang Wangyal, chief organiser of the ten year event.
Ngodup Dolma from Australia won the first runners up prize and Dolma Tsering from Bangalore won the second runners up prize.
A large gathering cheered the gown and traditional costume rounds,said organisers.
Tibetan society is highly conservative and many do not approve the Miss Tibet contest as it also involves exposure of the participants,particularly the swimsuit contest.
But organisers say the annual event is supported by younger and westernised Tibetans.They say it also helps promote the Tibetan freedom cause worldwide.
â€œThe free spirit award 2011 was presented to Russel Norman, a member of the parliament of New Zealand for his call for freedom and democracy in Tibet when the Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited New Zealand last year,â€ said Wangyal.
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