By Naresh K Thakur
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 5 June 2017
21-year-old Tenzin Paldon was crowned Miss Tibet 2017 in a ceremony at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), McLeod Ganj, on Sunday evening. Hailing from Kollegal, Karnataka, Paldon works as cabin crew with Spice Jet Airlines, apart from modelling.
A record of nine contestants from India, United States, and Europe took part in the 15th edition of the beauty contest.
Tenzin Khechoe, 22, from Bangluru was named first runner-up and Tenzin Nordron, 20, from Chauntra in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh was adjudged second runner-up.
The winner got a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, while the first and runners-up were given Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively.
Miss Tibet Pageant was introduced in 2002 by Lobsang Wangyal Productions.
The three-day event had seven rounds, mainly of swim suit, talent and talk and traditional costume.
An elated Paldon, who also won Miss Photogenic title, expressed gratitude to the organisers and audience for her victory.
“I was expecting Tenzin Khechoe to win, but right now we are both winners,” said Paldon after being crowned.
“I will use Miss Tibet to inspire the younger generations in every way possible. The title will also be immensely helpful in my modelling career. The modelling agency has already come forward with more offers,” she added.
Tenzin Khechoe, 22, the first runner-up, who lost the crown by a thin margin, expressed delight.
“I am satisfied and happy that I at least got the first runner-up tag and also the experience I have got through this pageant. All of them will be helpful in my future endeavors,” Khechoe said.
Director takes a bow
Organising Miss Tibet Pageant for the last 15 years, Lobsang Wangyal, who loves to call himself a Tibetan social entrepreneur, announced his intention to withdraw and sell the pageant.
“The show will go on but under a different production house. I have been doing this for 15 years. With such huge gathering and nine beautiful contestants, I think it is the best way to leave at a high,” said Wangyal in his address before the crowning ceremony.
Stating that it is time for someone else to carry forward the legacy, Wangyal called on the interested party who wants to manage the contest, but made clear that it would not be free of cost and the buyers must also accept the responsibility of upholding the original aims and objectives of the pageant.
He said the price of the franchise would be decided when any interested party comes in with an offer.