Tibet Sun Newsroom
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 6 June 2016
Tenzing Sangnyi was crowned the new Miss Tibet in a modest show at TIPA on Sunday night. Out-going Miss Tibet 2015 Pema Choedon passed on the crown to the new Miss Tibet. Jangchup Nyendak, the sponsor of the winner’s prize of one lakh (100,000 rupees), presented the cheque to Sangnyi.
Twenty-one-year-old Sangnyi is from Manali, but is pursuing her BSc (Honours) Nursing degree in Delhi.
Nyendak, a businessman from Dalhousie, became the first Tibetan to sponsor the first prize of the Pageant that was started in 2002.
The youngest among the four contestants, Tenzin Dawa, 17, from New York, came as the First Runner-up, while Tenzing Dickey from Bylakuppe was declared the Second Runner-up. They were presented cheques of 50,000 and 25,000 rupees respectively.
Usha Dobhal, a holistic healing counsellor, and Sunita Singh, a yoga teacher, judged the four rounds in the Grand Finale, with about two thousand people in the audience.
The judges gave marks in four rounds in the finale night. In the previous two days the contestants had appeared in a Swimsuit Round, and Talk and Talent Rounds the next day.
In the finale night the contestants had Introduction Round, Gown Round, Traditional Costume Round, and the Interview Round.
Perhaps Sangnyi gave the best answer of the night when judge Sunita Singh asked how she would move on if she didn’t win the crown.
“Miss Tibet Pageant has been a wonderful journey and experience to be a part of. I have only gained and gained from this. I have only learned and there are no regrets and I would not have lost anything,” Sangnyi answered.
“Even if I were to lose, I will be happy because someone deserving will win and represent us Tibetan women, our country at the international platforms, Sangnyi continued.
“I will go on with my life being happy, that I was part of such a wonderful pageant and cause. However, without the title I will try to contribute and be a benefit to our society.”
Sangnyi received the biggest round of applause from the audience in the Interview Round.