First-ever Miss Tibet crowned in India

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Dolma Tsering was selected as the first-ever Miss Tibet in a contest which aims to highlight the plight of Tibetan refugees internationally. Tsering, who lives in New Delhi, pledged to use her title to serve the cause of the Tibetan refugees.

As soon as she was declared the winner among four final contestants, journalists and photographers swarmed onstage and the organisers had a difficult time in escorting her away.

A four-member panel judged the pageant which was held at Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

"Once Miss Tibet takes part in any of the international beauty contests the cause of the Tibetans will automatically be highlighted to the world audience," chief organiser of the contest Lobsang Wangyal said earlier.

The show follow the guidelines of the Tibetan culture and the contestants were required to speak on Tibetan culture, history and current affairs. They also participated in a swimsuit round.

The contestants had to answer separate questions put to them by the judges. Nearly 200 people gathered to watch the contest.

Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, had given his approval for the beauty contest. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

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