Miss Tibet in the Media 2002

AFP | First-ever Miss Tibet crowned
October 18: Dolma Tsering was selected Saturday as the first-ever Miss Tibet in a contest which aims to highlight the plight of Tibetan refugees internationally. Tsering, who lives in the Indian capital New Delhi, pledged to use her title to serve the cause of the Tibetan refugees. ...

TIME Asia Magazine | Pretty independent
October 14: The terrace of the Om Hotel, beauty queen headquarters, hums with excitement. Photographers chain-smoke and chatter in French, English and Hindi. A TV crew is setting up in a corner, but the contestants ...

AP | Dolma Tsering, 19-year-old is crowned Miss Tibet
October 14: She fled her homeland when she was 12, walking for 21 days across the frozen wastelands of the Himalayas. On Saturday night, Dolma Tsering was crowned the first Miss Tibet at the end of a three-day event that critics said violated Tibetan traditions and trivialized Tibet's struggle for freedom. ...

The Tribune | Dolma Tsering is Miss Tibet
October 13: New Delhi-based Dolma Tsering was crowned the first Miss Tibet last evening at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in McLeodganj, uptown Dharamsala, during the grand finale of the Free Spirit Festival. ...

PTI | Second round of Miss Tibet held
October 12: Projecting Tibet's rich culture and aspirations of Tibetan people was the theme at the "talent and presentation" round of the first ever Sambla Miss Tibet beauty pageant held at Teepa hall auditorium at Mclood Ganj late last night

Mantra Online | Miss Tibet takes off
October 11: They are (L-R) Tenzin Deki of United States, Tenzin Yangkyi, Lhakpa Dolma and Dolma Tsering of India. The organisers say the contest is planned to draw international attention to the plight of Tibetans living under Chinese occupation, but critics say it violates Tibetan traditions. ...

Reuters | Maiden Miss Tibet pageant makes modest debut
October 12: Unfazed by the dwindling number of contestants and shortage of funds, organisers of the first Miss Tibet beauty pageant said on Friday the event would help reinforce the Tibetan identity. ...

BBC News | Miss Tibet off to controversial start
October 10: The first Miss Tibet beauty contest has kicked off in the Indian city of Dharmsala, the seat of the Tibet's government-in-exile. Members of the media were allowed to watch the swimsuit round - but it was closed to the public out of deference to the local sensibilities of the conservative exile community. ...

Sky News | Meet the girls from Tibet
October 8: The first ever Miss Tibet competition begins this week with the behind-closed-doors swimsuit round promising to be the highlight of the contest ...

BBC News | Crowning glory for Miss Tibet
October 8: Organisers of Tibet's first-ever beauty pageant are hoping that the competition will raise the country's international profile, but the planned event is not without its critics. ...

Indian Express | Freedom struggle takes beauty route
October 5:. Call it the 36-24-36 formula for freedom. A group of fiery young Tibetans are determined to take the Free Tibet struggle to a different level with a beauty pageant of their own: A Miss Tibet. This novel assertion of statehood which kicks off on October 10 is creating ripples in the Tibetan diaspora, long used to being seen as refugees. ...

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports - Miss Tibet generates lively yak among exiles
October 4: One critic says it is "ill-timed, undesirable [and] uncalled for". Others insist that the event is a great step forward for a country that effectively vanished 50 years ago. Either way, the main topic for discussion among Tibetan exiles is no longer the recent thaw between the Dalai Lama and China, but next week's first Miss Tibet beauty pageant. ...

Corbis Sygma | Images of Miss Tibet Pageant
Also, go to the main Corbis site, type 'miss tibet' in the search box, and select 'Search in news' to see many Miss Tibet images.

Travel Indochina | First Miss Tibet beauty contest
October 1: The music starts up and the contestants gather at the pool gate, nervously tugging on their outfits. One by one they stroll up to the makeshift platform, to pose and pout. Then, in perilously high heels, they negotiate the cracked flagstone path back to the gate, only to collapse in nervous giggles. Lhakpa Dolma, 26, finishes her round with an open-armed shrug and a wry grin. Though her bathing suit 'a demure tank with shorts' would win few points in an international contest, she charms the judges with her personality. ...

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