Miss Tibet fails to elicit response

30 September 2005
From The Tribune, Chandigarh

Published in: Chandigarh, INDIA

Dharamsala: A piquant situation has developed for the organisers of the Miss Tibet pageant, with none of the eight applicants confirming their participation, the events of the contest are scheduled to begin from Friday.

Despite this being the fourth consecutive year of the contest, it has failed to generate the anticipated response. One major reason for the hesitation of prospective contestants is the opposition of the contest from the Tibetan Government-in-exile, which had termed the show 'un-Tibetan.'

The organisers spent the day, anxiously waiting for the applicants, who had initially expressed interest but were now 'dilly-dallying.'

"We are still hoping that at least some of the applicants would turn up at the eleventh hour tomorrow as we had planned to start off with the training sessions from September 30. Otherwise, we might face the same situation as in the year 2003, when only one contestant, Tsering Kyi, turned up out of the initial 10 applicants and was declared the unopposed winner," said an organiser.

Since this is a new phenomenon, Tibetan girls still do not feel confident enough to walk down the ramp and that is why the low number of applicants. All the eight applicants this time are from outside of Dharamsala.

Last year, there were five contestants for the pageant and the winner, Tashi Yangchen, hit the headlines when she was dropped from the Miss Tourism Pageant 2005 in Malaysia, allegedly under pressure from the Chinese embassy, which insisted that she participated as 'Miss Tibet-China' as Tibet was a part of China, he added.

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