Tsering Kyi is Miss Tibet 2003

Dharamsala, 1 October 2003: Tsering Kyi, the sole contestant in the second Miss Tibet pageant is declared the unopposed winner of the second Miss Tibet pageant.

She is the only contestant from initial 10 applicants to arrive for the contest. The rest of the contestants dropped out for one reason or the other. The crowning will be held on the 9th of this month at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, in a programme that will begin at 7 p.m.

Tsering Kyi - Miss Tibet 2003

The organisers have found that Tsering Kyi does not only fulfil the basic criteria to compete but has also achieved academic heights. We believe that she is confident, dedicated and a strong Tibetan woman, who has a vision to work for the cause of Tibetan people.

Tsering Kyi was born in 1983 in Labrang, Amdo, north-eastern Tibet. After graduating high school, at the age of 16 she decided to escape in to exile in India for better educational opportunities. She joined the Tibetan Children's Village school in Suja.

Tsering Kyi has authored a book of poetry in Tibetan and speaks fluent Chinese. She had won several first prize awards in high school level essay competitions of inter-Tibetan schools in India.

Dropping out from school earlier this year to return home to see her ailing father, she reached Nepal only to hear the sad news of his passing away. For fear of being arrested if she went home, she returned to India to continue her studies.

Tsering Kyi was born in a nomadic family. They owned Yaks, Dzos (cross between yak and cow), horses, sheep, a few dogs and a cat.

Following the objectives of the Miss Tibet pageant aimed at empowering Tibetan woman and giving opportunities the same as their counterparts in other parts of the world, including education, travel and cross-cultural experiences, and with the qualities of Tsering Kyi admirably fulfilling the criteria of the Miss Tibet pageant, the organisers decided to proceed with the crowning of the second Miss Tibet. If even one Tibetan women is empowered and supported, it is beneficial for Tibetans.

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