Sonam Choedon from Tibet crowned Miss Tibet 2008

Sonam Choedon, Miss Tibet 2008, adjusts her crown

Sonam Choedon, Miss Tibet 2008, adjusts her crown (Photo: Tibet Post International)

Left to right: Miss Tibet 2007 Tenzin Dolma, Miss Tibet 2008 Sonam Choedon, Miss Tibet producer Lobsang Wangyal, Miss Tibet 2008 Runner-up Jamyang Chentso

Left to right: Miss Tibet 2007 Tenzin Dolma, Miss Tibet 2008 Sonam Choedon, Miss Tibet producer Lobsang Wangyal, Miss Tibet 2008 Runner-up Jamyang Chentso just before the announcement of Miss Tibet 2008. (Photo: Tibet Post International)

Miss Tibet 2008 Sonam Choedon

Miss Tibet 2008 Sonam Choedon from Lithang, in eastern Tibet, celebrates after being crowned Miss Tibet in Dharamsala, India (Photo: Tibet Post International)

The Tibet Post International

18-year-old Sonam Choedon from Lithang county, eastern Tibet, was crowned Miss Tibet 2008 as colorful firecrackers repeatedly blossomed into the dark air, making spectacular patterns. A crowd of hundreds made a roaring clapping as the competition night of the Miss Tibet pageant 2008 started.

Director of the Tibetan beauty pageant Mr Lobsang Wangyal thanked the crowd for their overwhelming support. "As you know, as I do as usual, I am happy to talk some points, first: About this pageant, 2nd is politics, as I am supporting middle-way approach of the Dalai Lama, and the 3rd is about how to speak our Tibetan language," he said.

After going through four rounds of competition in the evening of Sunday, 18-year-old Sonam Choedon from Tibet, currently living in Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, was crowned Miss Tibet 2008 here this evening.

Sonam Choedon was born in Lithang in Kham, eastern Tibet in 1990. She is a student, has studied up to class 8 in Tibet. She can speak fluent Chinese, as well as Tibetan.

She came into exile in India in December 2007 in search of better opportunities to study. Her hobbies include dancing, reading and studying languages.

In the future she would like to become a dance teacher and also work on languages. She would also like to use her life and strength to help others in need as people have done for her when she first arrived in India.

Sonam Choedon responded to every question from the crowds of world media after she was announced winner of Miss Tibet 2008.

"As I became a Miss Tibet, I would be speaking on behalf of the Tibetan people, particularly Tibetan women, telling their story and making people more aware of the Tibetan situation. I believe that awareness is the key issue, and hope that by sharing my story it will empower others to do the same," she said.

"I believe that our goal will be achieved soon without any doubt, if we, all Tibetans, follow the middle-way that is approached by our leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama," she added.

Miss Tibet 2007 Tenzin Dolma crowned Sonam Choedon and Mr Lobsang Wangyal presented her with a scholarship cheque of Rs. 100,000.

"The next Miss Tibet beauty pageant will be held May-June 2009," Mr. Lobsang said.

Published in: Tibet Post International

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