Miss Tibet Pageant celebrates 10th anniversary
Friday, May 27, 2011
Contestants of Miss Tibet Pageant 2011 pose for a photo with a Tibetan flag in McLeod Ganj, India, on 27 May 2011. Standing from left are Chemi Lhazom, Ngodup Dolma, Tenzin Yangkyi, Tenzin Sangmo, Tenzin Khechoe, and Dolma Tsering. (Courtesy of MissTibet.com)
DHARAMSHALA-- Tibetan-origin beauties from the US, Australia, and Switzerland are among the contestants at this year’s Miss Tibet Pageant to be held here.
This year the competition, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will start on June 1, and a winner will be chosen on June 5 in a gala at McLeod Ganj, said Lobsang Wangyal, the director of the show.
Tenzin Khecheo from USA, Chemi Lhazom from Delhi, Dolma Tsering from Bangalore, Ngodup Dolma from Australia, Tenzin Sangmo from Dharamsala, and Tenzin Yangkyi from Switzerland are the six women competing for the crown.
They will go through a swimwear round, a talent round, an evening gown round, and a traditional costume round, with the grand finale on June 5.
The turnout this year is an improvement, as twice in the pageant’s history unopposed contestants had to be declared winners.
Only 32 girls have competed for the crown since it was first started in 2002 by Wangyal, who drew criticism from some sections within Tibetan society, including the Tibetan prime minister Samdhong Rinpoche who said the pageant was “un-Tibetan” and “against Buddhist principles”.
The grand prize of 100,000 rupees to the winner is by far the largest prize money given away in any event held in Tibetan society.