Training and Workshops:
The five contenders arrive to begin a week of training

1 October 2004

Five Miss Tibet contestants at prayer wheels at McLeod Ganj

Five Miss Tibet contestants at prayer wheels at McLeod Ganj


Miss Tibet Contestant at bookstore on the way to the temple

Miss Tibet Contestant at bookstore on the way to the temple


Five Miss Tibet contestants walking to Dalai Lama Temple, McLeod Ganj

Five Miss Tibet contestants walking to Dalai Lama Temple, McLeod Ganj

photos by Rinchen Tsering

by Kirsten Hyde

October 1, 2004 – The five contenders for the Miss Tibet 2004 title – Dhondup Wangmo, Kalsang Dickey, Sonam Dickey, Tashi Yangchen and Thinley Dolma – arrived in McLeodganj in India yesterday to begin a week of training in preparation for the beauty pageant, which kicks off on October 8.

The five girls, who were short-listed from 19 applicants, say it is the political aspect of the pageant that drew them to the event. “I'm here to contribute to the Tibetan cause and also to inspire Tibetan girls. There are perfect women out there with a good education, so they should come forward and show themselves,” says Wangmo, a graduate from Delhi University.

Upon arrival, the girls were escorted to the Ladies Venture Hotel, briefed and introduced to the team by the director, Lobsang Wangyal, before setting off for a photograph session and interviews with the press.

Today, the five contestants, aged between 18 and 26, began their one-week regime with a vigorous two-hour yoga session with Mr Vijay. In addition to training in catwalk, choreography, make-up and hair styling, the girls are taking lessons in Tibetan culture, history and current affairs.

Seven speakers, including Tsewang Lhadon, director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, have been signed up by Wangyal to meet with the girls over the course of the week. This morning, the contestants met with Geshe Kalsang Damdul, principal at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Mcleodganj to discuss Tibetan Buddhism.

After lunch, the girls visited the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and The Tibet Museum, causing a stir among the visitors there. Tonight they will be attending a reception that is being held in their honour at the Asia Health Resorts in Dharamsala, courtesy of the owners.




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