MCLEOD GANJ, India, 30 May 2017
With feelings of pride and honour I am announcing the commencement of the Miss Tibet Pageant 2017. This year we have the most contestants ever in the Pageant’s 15-year history.
In four of the editions over the years, the Pageant had to live with only one contestant, who then became the walkover winner. The Pageant was started in 2002.
The nine contestants this year are all beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious. They are:
Chemi Kyizom, 20, from Delhi; Migmar Dolma, 22, from New York; Saldon, 19, from Vienna; Tenzin Khechoe, 22, from Bangalore; Tenzin Nordron, 20, from Chauntra; Tenzin Norzom, 22, from Manali; Tenzin Paldon, 21, from Kollegal; Tenzin Yangkyi, 25, from Byalakuppe; Tenzin Yeshi, 20, from Bylakuppe.
Many previous winners have gone further and participated in various international Pageants, with at times the Chinese government jumping in to block Miss Tibet’s participation. But the Pageant is not a political platform, and such unscrupulous acts by a powerful country are uncalled for. Every opportunity is not politics, and young women need many such platforms if we are to be practical about Women Empowerment.
The first round of the competition — the Swimsuit Round — will take place on 2 June. Talk and Talent Rounds will take place on 3 June at Tipa, and the Grand Finale will be held on 4 June on theTipa Grounds. As in the past, the winner will receive one lakh (100,000.00) rupees, fifty thousand for the First Runner-up, and twenty five thousand for the Second Runner-up.
I am thankful to the sponsor of the first prize, Tenzin Charlie of Phurba International, a company based in Taiwan, and to the sponsor of the second prize, Tenpa Dorjee from California. Tenpa Dorjee has started a “give back to the community” project with an organisation called My Village, which employs youths in his own settlement of Bhandara. I also thank many of those who contributed through our crowd-funding page.
The preparations are all complete. We look forward to presenting a beautiful and exciting pageant for you.