A lone contender to become Miss Tibet 2005

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 30 September 2005

The only participant from 8 applicants will be crowned Miss Tibet 2005. The crowning will be held on the 8th of October at TIPA in Mcleod Ganj.

The name of the new Miss Tibet will be disclosed when she is crowned and presented with a scholarship cheque of one lakh rupees (Rs 100,000 or approximately 2300 USD).

During the coronation, the new Miss Tibet will introduce herself and express her views dressed in an evening gown. Then she will present a dance performance as talent show, and then appear in traditional costume to be crowned, forming three rounds as test for her as a Miss Tibet.

The coronation ceremony, to cost Rs 150 for a ticket, has some local artistes lined up for performances as well.

This was the second time that only one applicant turned up to participate in the pageant. In 2003 Tsering Kyi became the unopposed Miss Tibet.

The pageant was originally planned to be held from the 29th of September, with a one-week training session, and seven rounds to commence from the 7th October, concluding the final four rounds on the 9th October.

In place of the one-week training programme, the to-be Miss Tibet will be provided an intensive training in personality development and stage craft, and will be updated on the current affairs of Tibetan issues.

All the other applicants did not contact the organisers after submission of their applications despite efforts to ascertain their status. The reason for dropping out from participation remains unknown to the organisers.

Applications were received from Canada, India, Nepal, Switzerland, Thailand and the US. The application is put online from January to the end of June each year.

Lobsang Wangyal

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