By Ravinder Makhaik
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 8 June 2015
Pema Cheodon, 24, from Dehradun got the better of her two competitors and was crowned the new Miss Tibet at a modest event here, last evening (7.6.2015). She received one lakh rupees (INR 100,000) as prize money.
“I am humbled and overwhelmed for I didn’t expect to win this stage. I feel more young Tibetan women should come forward and participate in this pageant. It is an opportunity to empower women and the Tibetan society should support the event,” Pema said after the crowning.
Outgoing Miss Tibet 2014 Tenzin Yangzom crowned the new Miss Tibet Pema.
Lobsang Kyizom was judged the First Runner-up while Tsering Dolma was declared the Second Runner-up. Lobsang received INR 50,000/- and Tsering received INR 25,000 as prize money.
Earlier the three contestants went through five competition rounds which consisted of Talk, Talent, Gown, Traditional Costume, and Interview round.
Monika Nataraj, a globe-trotter who leads women’s empowerment, sacred dance, and yoga teacher trainings and retreats worldwide, and Shawn Shaw, also a globe-trotter who leads retreats in Europe, Central America, and the United States, judged the five rounds.
Two former Miss Tibet’s, Tenzin Yangkyi 2011 and Tenzin Dolma 2007 were also present during the coronation ceremony.
Tenzin Dolma entertained the audience with a ramp show. Local Tibetan and Indian artistes entertained in between the rounds.
About 3000 people witnessed the show, which since its inception in 2002 was the 13th Miss Tibet Pageant organized.
Lobsang Wangyal, director of the Miss Tibet event said “to express solidarity with victims of the Nepal earthquake, they had left out the glamour parts of the event, there were no fire crackers as well as and no new suit for himself.”