MCLEOD GANJ, India, 20 May 2019
With much regret, we are announcing that there will be no Miss Tibet Pageant 2019 due to the lack of applicants. We opened the online application in February for aspiring young Tibetan women to apply to participate and win the crown as in the past. But on the last day of the application at the end of April, there were no applications.
Expecting many applications, the preparations have been going on since a few months ago, such as the hotel booking was cancelled after the last day of April since we received no applications.
Miss Tibet was started in 2002 to empower young Tibetan women. It has fulfilled its aim of becoming a jumping-off pad for these young women to excel in their own lives and contribute to society.
Over the years 16 Miss Tibets have been named. All the winners have done their best in whatever way they could for society, such as through media, appearing as guests in events, and participating in international pageants.
Although the Miss Tibet Pageant has no political agenda, the Chinese government has over the years interfered and pressured various international directors to ban Miss Tibet from their pageants. They demand that for a Miss Tibet to be in an international pageant, she should be sashed “Miss Tibet-China”.
We feel that this is a missed chance for Tibet and Tibetan society this year. But keeping the maxim ‘Never give up’ at heart, we hope to have applicants in the next year’s Pageant in June 2020, for young Tibetan women to take the opportunity to learn, experience, and contribute to society.