NEW YORK, US, 23 December 2018
Tenzin Yonten, a 23-year-old film and business student from New York, was crowned the new Miss Tibet 2018 in a glittering ceremony in New York City late in the night of 22 December.
She won the crown without competition after seven contestants from India were arbitrarily refused US visas, and three from the US dropped out for personal reasons.
Standing at 5’9″, wearing a red chupa and a matching black blouse top, Yonten in her acceptance speech said that she will work for the preservation and promotion of Tibetan language. “To save a nation from extinction, you must first save its written and spoken language,” she said.
Showing their support and appreciation, the audience cheered as Yonten was crowned by outgoing Miss Tibet 2017 Tenzin Paldon, after giving a presentation and a talent performance.
Along with prize money of 3,000 USD, Yonten won a trip to Mumbai for a photo shoot. She will also have interviews with some of the top modelling agencies in New York City.
This was the 5th time that the Pageant witnessed a lone contestant in its 16-year-history. It has been held annually in India since its inception in 2002.
The first production outside India was not a smooth ride due to the visa issue, which was the main obstacle. The problem led the organisers to change the dates and venue three times. Engage Entertainment joined hands with Lobsang Wangyal Productions to produce the event in New York City.
The show was emceed by Yeshi Khando, and some well-known female Tibetan artistes performed in the show. TibChick, a female Tibetan rapper from Amsterdam, was one of the main performers. Others included Passang Lhamo from Toronto, Miss Tibet 2017 Tenzin Paldon, along with many other local artistes.