Varanasi beauty is Miss Tibet

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Tenzin Norzom, 23, a Varanasi resident, was crowned the new Kingfisher Miss Tibet 2010 on Sunday night at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Dharamshala.

Tenzin Norzom was presented with a cheque for Rs 1 lakh as prize money by the organisers.

While Yangchen Metok, 19, was declared as the first runner-up, Rinchen Choden was declared the second runner-up. Both received Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 as prize money respectively.

The finale saw the four contestants compete in "Introduction", "Gown", "Traditional costume" and "Interview" rounds.

"In addition, the annual Free Spirit Award for 2010 was presented to Mahesh Yadav for his blood portraits of world leaders to bring awareness about world peace and freedom in Tibet. He has been drawing blood portraits for the last 14 years. Free Spirit Award was started in 2003. It is presented to those who have contributed for the Tibetan cause in particular and world peace in general," Lobsang Wangyal, director, Miss Tibet Beauty Pageant, said.

Hundreds of people witnessed the contest in Dharamshala on Sunday night. However, considering the earthquake in April in Tibet, no crackers were burst as has been the tradition in past pageants. Instead, the gathering recited a short prayer.

Tenzin Norzom was born in Hunsur Tibetan settlement in south India in 1986. She has just completed her Shastri degree (equivalent to Bachelor of Arts degree) from the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi. She speaks Tibetan, English and Hindi, and likes reading, dancing, badminton and music.

"I have achieved my first goal, to win the crown. I want to be the messenger of the Tibetan freedom movement to the people of the world. My second goal is to boost confidence in the younger generation Tibetan girls to participate in this Miss Tibet contest and prove to the world that 'we Tibetans can do it'. Lastly, I want to make my family and friends feel proud of me," she said.

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