Miss Tibet Pageant – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the Miss Tibet Pageant?
  2. When and where will the next Miss Tibet pageant be held?
  3. Can anyone apply for the Miss Tibet contest? What are the criteria to participate?
  4. Why are these criteria so strong? Why is there a swimsuit competition?
  5. How and where is the application submitted?
  6. What should the applicants submit to participate?
  7. Is there any training provided prior to the pageant?
  8. How many rounds are there?
  9. Who provides the clothing and other costumes for the competition?
  10. Are there plans to hold the pageant in other places?
  11. What does the winner win in the pageant?
  12. Will the Miss Tibet pageant be held annually?
  13. Who sponsors the pageant?
  1. What is the purpose of the Miss Tibet Pageant?
    The purpose of the Pageant is to support contemporary, modern young Tibetan women.
    More on our Objectives page.
  2. When and where will the next Miss Tibet pageant be held?
    The next Miss Tibet Pageant will be held in McLeod Ganj, India from 6 to 8 June 2014. The participants will reach McLeod a few days before for preparation and rehearsals.
  3. Can anyone apply for the Miss Tibet contest? What are the criteria to participate?
    Any Tibetan woman fulfilling the following criteria can apply to participate in the pageant.
    The criteria are:

    1. Must have Central Tibetan Administration tax paid up to date. However, this criterion does not apply to a woman coming from Tibet to compete in the pageant.
    2. Must be between 17 and 25 years of age.
    3. Must be a minimum of 165 cm in height.
    4. Must be unmarried and must not have given birth to a child.
  4. Why are these criteria so strong? Why the swimsuit competition?
    The winner of the Miss Tibet Pageant will be competing in world beauty pageants, representing Tibet. Therefore we have to set our criteria to the same as theirs, or our Miss Tibet will not qualify for them.
  5. How and where is the application submitted?
    The application will be online on this website beginning of December 2013, and submitted directly through the form. The application deadline will be in the end of March 2014.
  6. What should the applicants submit to participate?
    The applicant is required to submit photocopies of the first and last page of the Green Book showing the Central Tibetan Administration tax paid up to date, a certificate of date of birth, and a Facebook page with photos, at least two close-up and two full-length.
  7. Is there any training provided prior to the pageant?
    Past pageants provided one week of training before the competition, with courses in physical fitness, stage craft, cat walk, dance, and a make-up and hair styling workshop, along with an orientation on Tibetan history, culture, and current affairs. Due to lack of funding, we are unable to provide training this year.
  8. How many rounds are there?
    There are seven rounds: Swimsuit (Day one), Talk and Talent (Day two), Introduction, Gown, Traditional costume and Interview (Finale night).
    The topic for the Talk round is chosen by lottery, drawn an hour before the round starts. Each contestant is given the choice to speak on a topic from one of two options they pick in the lottery. The topics are all on Tibet and Tibetan-related issues, such as Tibetan history, culture, language, human rights, environment, women, activism, etc.
    In the Talent round, the contestants have to perform an act with no bar in language. The performance would be a minimum of three minutes to maximum five minutes long.
  9. Who provides the clothing and other costumes for the competition?
    The contestants bring their own clothing and costumes.
  10. Are there plans to hold the pageant in other places?
    There are plans already to hold the Miss Tibet pageant in other parts of the world such as Europe and North America, but this will depend on getting sponsors.
  11. What does the winner win in the pageant?
    The title Miss Tibet and a cash prize of rupees one lakh (one hundred thousand) as scholarship. In addition, the winner makes guest appearances in festivals and goes to represent Tibet in international pageants.
  12. Will the Miss Tibet pageant be held annually?
    Yes, it will be held annually except in case of emergency or unless confronted with formidable circumstances.

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