DHARAMSHALA, India, 4 December 2012
The Miss Tibet Pageant 2013, which was held in Dharmashala for 10 years since it began in 2002, will now be held in Bylakuppe, one of the largest Tibetan settlements.
The organisers have decided to shift the venue since most of the Tibetans-in-exile live in South India. The contest will be held from February 10 to 13, 2013, and the application form was online from 4 December to 15 January.
The organisers have also changed the timing of the event from June to February. “This is the time of Tibetan New Year, Losar, and hence the event is being held in the starting of 2013,” the organisers said, and added that eventually the event would be held in other parts of the country where Tibetan people are settled in large numbers.
The organisers had decided to forgo this year’s Miss Tibet Pageant 2012 in the wake of the growing unrest to protest Tibet’s “grim” condition under the Chinese government. They said that the next year’s Miss Tibet will be dedicated to the critical situation in Tibet, and especially for those who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause. The controversial event was vehemently opposed by many including the Tibetan government-in-exile, saying it was not part of Tibetan tradition.
Till date, winners of the contest have twice won Miss Earth in the Philippines, and Miss Asia Pacific World once.