Dharamshala: There are nine contestants for this year’s Miss Tibet contest to be organized In Mecleodganj Dharamshala by Lobsang Wangyal, a Tibetan journalist and organizer of Miss Tibet beauty pageant, who is organizing this event at his own for the last 15 years. The winner shall be Crowned on 3 rd June.
Mr. Lobsang told PTI , “ Nine beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious girls are participating this year’s beauty show, the maxium number of participant ever for this event.”
In four of the editions over the years, the Pageant had to live with only one contestant, who then became the walkover winner. The Pageant was started in 2002.
Lobsang said that the participating contestant this year are , Chemi Kyizom, 20, from Delhi; Migmar Dolma, 22, from New York; Saldon, 19, from Vienna; Tenzin Khechoe, 22, from Bangalore; Tenzin Nordron, 20, from Chauntra; Tenzin Norzom, 22, from Manali; Tenzin Paldon, 21, from Kollegal; Tenzin Yangkyi, 25, from Byalakuppe; Tenzin Yeshi, 20, from Bylakuppe.
He further said that many previous winners have gone further and participated in various international Pageants, with at times the Chinese government jumping in to block Miss Tibet’s participation. But the Pageant is not a political platform, and such unscrupulous acts by a powerful country are uncalled for. Every opportunity is not politics, and young women need many such platforms if we are to be practical about Women Empowerment.
The first round of the competition — the Swimsuit Round — will take place on 2 June. Talk and Talent Rounds will take place on 3 June at Tipa, and the Grand Finale will be held on 4 June on theTipa Grounds. As in the past, the winner will receive one lakh (100,000.00) rupees, fifty thousand for the First Runner-up, and twenty five thousand for the Second Runner-up.
Losang said, “I am thankful to the sponsor of the first prize, Tenzin Charlie of Phurba International, a company based in Taiwan, and to the sponsor of the second prize, Tenpa Dorjee from California. “
Photo…. Nine contestants of the Miss Tibet Pageant 2017 poses for a photo (Courtesy Lobsang)
Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI.
In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.