Miss Tibet in the Media 2006

text China 'forced Miss Tibet to quit' | BBC
The Tibetan entrant in an international beauty pageant in Malaysia has blamed China for her expulsion from the event. Tsering Chungtak said that China pressured the competition organisers to replace her "Miss Tibet" sash with one reading "Miss Tibet-China". ...

text Miss Tibet slams China over expulsion from pageant | AFP
A Tibetan contestant barred from participating in a Malaysian beauty pageant blamed China on Wednesday for her exclusion from the international event. Tsering Chungtak, who flew back to the Indian capital on Tuesday from the pageant venue in Kuala Lampur, said organisers ordered her to wear a sash marked "Miss Tibet-China" or withdraw from the contest. ...

text Hope hard to sustain in Tibet's "freedom struggle" | Reuters
The chatter gave way to rowdy male laughter when Tseten Yangsom began her brief talk on "How Tibetan women play a role in Tibet's freedom struggle." Yangsom, 21, battled on bravely, but I was surely not the only audience member who felt like curling up in embarrassment. This was Miss Tibet 2006, billed as a "beauty pageant with a difference", a celebration of Tibetan girls, somehow – and surely incongruously – doubling as a promotion of the region's struggle against Chinese rule. ...

text An experience of a lifetime | Phayul
Miss Washington Kristen Eddings returned home to Silverdale this week after spending 14 days immersed in the culture of India. ... In what Eddings calls a "coincidental happening," she also had the opportunity to participate in the Miss Tibet pageant. ... Not only was she asked to be a judge in the competition, but it was requested that she light the opening torch. ...

sound Miss Tibet Discussion | TibetanBridges
In this premiere episode of Tibet Talk, we discuss the Nangpa-la shooting, Miss Tibet, Films schools, Tibetan Language, and lots more ...

text Miss Tibet Beauty Competition Open to the Public for the First Time this Year | GetOutdoors.com
While climb_ca has been flexing his journalistic prowess investigating the Chinese massacre of Tibetan near the Nangpa La, I focus on the light-hearted, the fanciful, the inane. For the first time ever, the Miss Tibet contest was open to the public. ...

video Miss Tibet Video | Tibetan Avenue
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text There she is, Miss Tibet | CSMonitor
From exile in India, five Tibetan women compete – in swimsuits – to raise the profile of their political cause. Cold rain pelted this former British hill station last Friday morning, threatening to cancel one of the town's more provocative annual social and political events: the swimsuit round of the Miss Tibet beauty pageant. But the sun broke through, and at 1 o'clock, right on time, the five contestants were primped, poised, and ready. Only one small problem: no judges. ...

text 21-year-old Delhi University student is Miss Tibet 2006 | IANS
Dressed nattily in ethnic Tibetan costume, 21-year-old Tsering Chungtak won the coveted Miss Tibet 2006 as well as the Miss Photogenic crown at a grand finale of the fifth Miss Tibet pageant here. Tsering Chungtak, a second-year sociology student of Hindu College of Delhi University and a part-time model, said after her win Sunday evening: "I want to serve my community (Tibetan) in whatever way I can in the future." ...

text Miss Tibet to work for Panchen Lama's release | Tribune News Service
The newly crowned Miss Tibet-2006, Tsering Chungtak, said she would take up the cause of saving the Panchen Lama, who had gone missing in 1995, at the age of six. "As we all know that Panchen Lama is the youngest political prisoner. I'm really going to raise my voice for him and I want people to support me. No one knows where Panchen Lama is. I'm really going to campaign for his release," said the 21-year-old beauty, after being crowned at the finale of the pageant in McLeodganj last night by last year's winner Tenzin Nyima. ...

text Miss Tibet winner puts politics on the catwalk | Reuters
Braving a controversial "swimwear" round and questions about Tibet's "freedom struggle", a sociology student born in India has won the annual Miss Tibet beauty pageant held by Tibetans living in exile. Organiser Lobsang Wangyal says the pageant is not a political event but a celebration of "beautiful, elegant, brave and modern Tibetan girls". ...

text Miss Photogenic is Miss Tibet 2006 | Phayul
After three days of competing in seven rounds of competitions, Tsering Chungtak, the 21-year-old second-year student from Delhi University, was crowned Miss Tibet 2006 here on the night of the Grand Finale event. Miss Tsering Chungtak also took the title of this year's Miss Tibet Photogenic after securing 1740 votes of the total 3909 votes cast in the online public poll. ...

text Beauty pageant embraced by exiles who miss Tibet | Daniel Pepper
Cold rain pelted the northern Indian town of McLeod Ganj last week, threatening to cancel one of the town's more provocative social and political events of the year: the swimsuit round of the annual Miss Tibet beauty pageant. But the sun broke through just after noon on Friday and the five contestants were primped, poised and primed to strut their stuff. ...

text Commando Drops Out Of Miss Tibet Pageant | UPI
The Miss Tibet pageant went off with plenty of controversy in India this week despite the fact only five women were entered. The Times of London said the contest in the town of Dharamshala produced dismay over the swimsuit competition as well as the revelation that one of the contestants was a soldier in a covert mountain warfare unit. ...

text From Chinese jail to Miss Tibet? A girl's dream | Reuters
Three years ago, at the tender age of 17, Metok Lhazey sat in solitary confinement in a pitch dark, filthy and horribly cramped Chinese prison cell in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. This weekend, the nervous 20-year-old is dreaming about being crowned Miss Tibet in a small but controversial beauty pageant held by Tibetan refugees in northern India ...

Miss Tibet 2006 contestants with Tibetan national flag

text Miss Tibet | Paul Jones
Sayan sends a different story about the Tibetans – IBN has a video posted of the Miss Tibet Contest. The Contest is produced by Tibetan journalist Lobsang Wangyal (of the ibiblio-hosted Association of Tibetan Journalists). ...

video Exiled Tibetians hold beauty contest | CNN-IBN
As beauty pageants go, this is one with a difference. Tibetans living in exile in India gathered in Dharmshala to crown Miss Tibet 2006. There was only one participant for the Miss Tibet crown last year but the 2006 pageant had a record six contestants turning up in Dharmshala — the seat of the exiled Tibetan government in Himachal Pradesh. ...

text Swimsuit pageant parades beautiful dream of free Tibet | The Times
On the eve of the competition, one entrant was ordered to withdraw because she serves in a covert Tibetan unit of the Indian Army specialising in high-altitude combat. Pema Choedon, the soldier turned beauty queen, was so upset that she had a panic attack and was taken to hospital. ...

text Ms Tibet runs into trouble again | IANS
The Miss Tibet contest has run into rough seas yet again with one of the much-hyped contestants, an Indian woman soldier, pulling out at the last moment of this year's event. ... observers say the Indian government has asked her to pull out as it is wary of annoying China, which doesn't approve of the Miss Tibet contest. ...

text Dharamshala hosts Miss Tibet contest | HeadlinesIndia
Six participants will vie for the Miss Tibet-2006 title during the three-day beauty contest, which begins on Friday at Mcleod Ganj. The event will begin with a swim-suit round, which would be held at hotel near Naddi and will be open only to a select audience. ...

text Brave beauty vies for Tibet title | Mata Press Service
Most Tibetan women living-in-exile in Dharamshala town of scenic Himachal Pradesh wear ankle-length skirts and long-sleeved blouses. Their conservative lifestyle disapproves of the public display of women. This month, six women, including a dermatologist from Canada, aim to change some of the traditional views in the seat of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile which is home to thousands of Tibetans. ...

text Bold and Beautiful | Mata Press Service
They are talented, curvaceous and eloquent beauties who strongly believe in Tibetan values and the Dalai Lama. All said these six bold women from the roof of the world are all set to defy the Tibetan government by taking part in the "un-Tibetan" and "untraditional" Miss Tibet contest from October 13 to 15. If contestants in the past showed their guts by confronting the conservative Tibetan society by merely participating, this time the contestants would go a step further and strut around in their shapely figures in the swim-suit round to be thrown open to the general public for the first time. ...

text Models practicing yoga ahead of Miss Tibet 2006 | Keralanext
The number of participants for the beauty pageant, which elects "Miss Tibet 2006", has risen to six, the highest ever for the beauty contest conducted here in Dharamshala. Gearing up for the upcoming competition, the participants are following strict regimes by undergoing training in meditation and yoga classes. ...

text Update – Miss Tibet 2006 | Press Release at TibetLink
As October approaches, the excitement soars for one and all, looking forward to the Miss Tibet pageant. The FAQ now is, "How many contestants are there this year?" The fifth edition of the Miss Tibet pageant is ready and like we said before, we will have a nice surprise this year since we are going to have the biggest number of participants in the pageant's history. ...

text Miss Tibet | Asian Wild Rose
The Miss Tibet has grown from 1 contestant in 2003 to 6 in 2006. There were actually 11 applicants but 2 were rejected, 1 couldnt get a VISA, 1 was sick and 1 just didnt show up. A Miss Tibet still seems a very foreign concept as it tries to grow. ...

text Models practicing yoga ahead of Miss Tibet 2006 | ANI
Tibetans living-in-exile in Dharamshala town of scenic Himachal Pradesh are slowly opening up to the concept of beauty pageants. The number of participants for the beauty pageant, which elects "Miss Tibet 2006", has risen to six, the highest ever for the beauty contest conducted here in Dharamshala. ...

text Miss Tibet participants arrive in Dharamshala | KeralaNext
Six beautiful women have arrived in this Himachal town to participate in the Miss Tibet 2006 contest to be held Oct 13-15. The names of the participants, which include aspirants from Delhi, Nepal and Canada, were announced Friday by Lobsang Wangyal, director of the pageant. ...

text Fifth Miss Tibet Beauty pageant, 2006 | Phayul
Calling them beautiful, elegant, brave and modern Tibetan girls; Lobsang Wangyal, producer-director of the Miss Tibet Pageant, presented and announced before the press here today, the six contestants who have made to the final round of the Miss Tibet-2006, fifth in the line of series. ...

text Six women brave tradition to take part in Miss Tibet pageant in India | AP
Six young women will compete in a beauty pageant of Tibetan exiles later this month, despite opposition from conservative Tibetans who say the contest violates their traditions. "We have six beautiful, elegant, brave and modern Tibetan girls participating in the Miss Tibet Pageant 2006," Lobsang Wangyal, director of the contest told journalists in Dharmshala, home to the government-in-exile of the Dalai Lama. ...

text 2006 Miss Tibet Beauty Pageant Begins in Dharamshala | Voice of America News
2006 Miss Tibet beauty pageant contestants were announced and presented, during a press conference convened by the producer-director of the Miss Tibet Pageant today, this year there are six contestant, including one from Canada. The final crowning of Miss Tibet will be held on 15th October in Dharamshala. ...
With audio in Tibetan.

text Six beautiful, elegant, brave, and modern Tibetan girls in Miss Tibet Pageant 2006 | Miss News
Today is 6 October 2006, and we have six beautiful, elegant, brave, and modern Tibetan girls participating in the Miss Tibet Pageant 2006. The participants are Metok Lhanze, 20, from Delhi; Pema Chodon (Peyang), 24, from Dehra Dun; Tenzin Palmo, 23, from Delhi; Tsering Chungtak, 21, from Delhi; Tseten Yangzom, 21, from Nepal; and Wangchuk Palmo, 25, from Canada. In all we received applications from 11 eligible candidates. ...

text Dharamshala readies for Miss Tibet contest | IANS
Lobsang Wangyal, producer-director of the pageant, said the event would be held at McLeodganj, the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama here, and added that the names of the participants would be announced Friday. ...

text Dharamshala readies for Miss Tibet contest | NewKerala
This Himachal town is all geared up for the annual Miss Tibet contest to be held Oct 13-15. Lobsang Wangyal, producer-director of the pageant, said the event would be held at McLeodganj, the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama here, and added that the names of the participants would be announced Friday. ...

text Interview: Miss Tibet Pageant founder Lobsang Wangyal | Xeni Jardin
Lobsang Wangyal is a tech-minded Tibetan cultural entrepreneur in Dharamshala, India. I met him there earlier this year, and shot the portrait above. One of his projects is the Miss Tibet Pageant, and I asked him to tell us about it. ...

text Miss Tibet contest Oct 13-15 | World Tibet Network News
The annual Miss Tibet pageant will be held this year Oct 13 to 15. Lobsang Wangyal, producer-director of the pageant, said the event would be held at McLeodganj here. Wangyal said preparations were in full swing and the girls were getting ready for the event. ...

text More beauties expected at Miss Tibet contest | World Tibet Network News
Organisers of the Miss Tibet contest say there will be more contestants at this year's annual contest here in October. Lobsang Wangyal, producer-director of the pageant, told IANS: 'We are expecting many contestants this year. We may have a nice surprise.' ...

text Ms Tibet organisers hope more will join | IANS
Organisers of the Ms Tibet contest are hoping that more women will be brave enough to participate in the event this year, overcoming disapproval from the conservative Tibetan Buddhist society. Only one girl had taken part in the controversial contest last year. ...

text Lamas and dramas | The Australian
I wake up to chill air and an Indian town divided. Like clockwork at this time of the year, McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan exiles, breaks into warring factions. In internet chat rooms, monasteries and cafes throughout the Tibetan diaspora, friendships are strained as accusations fly and arguments rage. ...

image Corbis Sygma | Images of Miss Tibet Pageant
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image Images of Miss Tibet | Google Images

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