Tibet Sun Online News
ON THE WEB, 1 January 2018
The 16th edition of the Miss Tibet Pageant will be held in New York City, according to the proprietor Lobsang Wangyal.
“I am happy to announce that Miss Tibet Pageant 2018 will be held in New York City. We have partnered with Engage Entertainment, who will be producing and directing the Pageant in June 2018,” said a post on the Pageant’s website.
Wangyal announced during the finale night of the last year’s pageant in June that he would hand over the production to a new owner. Due to no buyers, he has partnered with Engage Entertainment for a year.
Engage Entertainment is a well-established entertainment and media company for the last 13 years in India, and has now expanded to New York in partnership with Sonam Wangdue and Lalit Bhatnagar.
Sonam Wangdue is a well-known New-York-based Tibetan comedian and entertainer, and his partner Lalit has a background in events management.
The organisers are inviting applications from Tibetan women who fulfil certain criteria to participate in the Pageant. The last date to apply is 31 March. The criteria include: Must have CTA tax paid up to date; age between 17 and 25 years; minimum 165 cm in height; and unmarried and not having given birth.
The much-awaited annual show has been organised in McLeod Ganj for the last 15 years. On four occasions there was only one woman showing up for the Pageant. The last Pageant in June 2017 saw the largest number of contestants with nine women.
“We are looking forward to a spectacular show as we move from the small Himalayan village in McLeod Ganj to one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities,” Wangyal said.