Tenzin Nyima is Miss Tibet 2005

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 8 October 2005

Miss Tibet 2005 Tenzin Nyima

Tenzin Nyima, the lone participant for the Miss Tibet 2005 title, poses for photographers in Mcleod Ganj on Sunday.
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Miss Tibet 2005 Tenzin Nyima

Tenzin Nyima
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Tenzin Nyima, the lone brave participant for the Miss Tibet 2005 title was crowned as the new Miss Tibet in a modest coronation ceremony at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts before an audience of a thousand plus spectators.

A final-year BA student from Delhi, Nyima presented three rounds of presentations including a talk, a dance performance to a popular Hindi music piece, and an appearance in Traditional Tibetan costume, before she was crowned by the pageant Director Lobsang Wangyal. Last year's winner, Tashi Yangchen, was not able to attend the function to pass on the crown as she is currently studying in London.

Lobsang also presented her a cheque of 100,000 rupees (around 2,300 USD) as a scholarship grant for the new winner.

"I expected a tough competition from at least a few girls but it is unfortunate that the rest of the applicants didn't turn up for the pageant," the newly crowned Miss Tibet Tenzin Nyima said.

"I prepared myself well with paying some attention to the current Tibetan situation, so that I would be ready to speak confidently in the talk round and practised a dance presentation for the talent round. My family also supported me to participate in the pageant," she said when she introduced herself to the audience.

Nyima feels that the other applicants may have dropped out due to the social pressures on the Tibetan girls. "I know that Tibetan girls in general are not confident enough to come before an audience to say their mind or take such a step to be in events such as Miss Tibet."

"Winning the title was not my priority. I participated to support the Miss Tibet pageant because I think it is the best platform for Tibetan women to show their beauty and intelligence", Nyima said.

"This crown comes with a huge responsibility. I will try my best to show that I deserve it and be an exemple for other girls."

"It is now turning out to be an unforgettable experience for me", Nyima added.

Tenzin Nyima was born in 1983 in Bylakuppe, the first and the largest Tibetan refugee settlement in South India. She attended Tibetan Homes School in Mussoorie for her schooling. She is studying in the final year for a BA English Honours degree in Delhi. She would like to continue with her studies. She likes playing basketball and dancing to Hindu dance numbers.

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