The making of Miss Tibet

The contestants, Dolma Tsering, Lhakpa Dolma, Tenzin Deki and Tenzin Yangkyi arrived on the morning of the 2nd October. Ngawang Samdup, Tenzin Choedon (Tenchoe) and Passang escorted them to OM Hotel.

The contestants: Dolma Tsering, Lhakpa Dolma, Tenzin Deki and Tenzin Yangkyi

At noon they were briefed and introduced the whole Miss Tibet team by the Director, Lobsang Wangyal. Later they visited the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and they were also blessed by the special occasion of the audience of Palden Lhamo.

Miss Tibet Team contestants with Richard Gere Miss Tibet Team contestants with Goldie hawn

A reception was held in the contestant's honour at Pema Thang. Actors Richard Gere and Goldie Hawn met with the contestants and shared their views with them the same evening.

On the morning of 3rd October, Dr Tenzin Namdul from Mentseekhang examined the contestants and found all of them in good health. They later joined Mr Vijay for Yoga training. The Yoga course went on for one week every morning from 7 to 8.

Miss Tibet Team Contestants with Chair and Vice-Chair of the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies, GangKyi, Dharamsala Miss Tibet Team contestants at Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala Miss Tibet Team Contestants watching monks of Institute of Buddhist Dialectics debating, Tsuklag Khang, Dharamsala
Bea, Miss Tibet Team Choreographer, taking the girls through the steps of Miss Tibet Team theme song 'Acha la' Mr. Karma Choephel, MP, Tibetan Parliament in exile, talking on 'Current Affairs' Naga Sangey Tendar, Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, giving a lesson on Tibetan History

At 11 a.m. on alternate days, they were given orientation on Tibetan culture, history, current affairs and status of Tibetan women by experts: Naga Sangay Tendar, Member of Parliament Mr. Karma Choephel and Sculptor and Painter Ms Pekar.

In the afternoons, Sheri Winkelmann, an actress from New York, gave them training on make up, voice training and presentation skills.

Miss Tibet Team Contestants at Tsuklag Khang, Dharamsala Miss Tibet Team Contestants at Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala Yoga Master Mr Vijay - morning Yoga session, OM Hotel, Dharamsala
Sheri Winkelmann, giving final touches to the contestants before the swimsuit round, Whispering Winds, Dharamsala Bea with the contestants, OM Hotel, Dharamsala Miss Tibet Team and the contestants, after the swimsuit round, Dharamsala

In the evenings from 5 p.m. Bia Bispo, a Brazilian who was an ex-model and a dancer trained the contestants in a dance choreography. They danced to the signature Music 'Acha la Yamo du' remixed by Tsering Lodoe, Miss Tibet Music Director and a senior TIPA artiste.

Every night from 9 p.m. they practiced catwalk in the company of the whole Miss Tibet team and a bunch of media persons.

As the days progressed, more and more media persons arrived to cover the first ever Miss Tibet pageant which kept the contestants busy posing and answering their queries. Time Magazine, Marie Claire, The Indian Express, AFP, Reuters, AP, Zee News, Star News, The Hindustan Times, Radio Free Asia, Radio Voice of Tibet, Amar Ujala and Dainik Bhaskar and Divya Himachal reported on Miss Tibet daily.

The contestants' first stop was Tibetan Children's School in the upper reaches of Dharamsala. There the girls met with students and were taken a tour of TCV by Tenchoe, an ex-TCVian. Later they visited Talnu and Naddi, two of the most picturesque places to watch Dharamsala's sunset.

On the 7th, the contestants were taken on a tour of various offices of the Tibetan government-in-exile. There, the Speaker Mr. Pema Jungney, and the Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Ms Dolma Gyari, who is also one of our Board members, received them and showed them the assembly hall and over cups of tea as they spoke to the contestants.

The Library of Tibetan Works Archives was their next stop. The Library offered free entrance to their museum. Chaperones Tenchoe and Passang along with Ngawang escorted them to Norbulingka Institute where they had their lunch. Later they went to the swimming pool at the Whispering Winds Resorts where some media persons filmed and interviewed the contestants.

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