By S Gopal Puri | The Times of India
DHARAMSHALA, India, 17 August 2012
McLeod Ganj, home to Tibetan refugees, is going to host a new beauty pageant in October. “The idea is to promote the rich culture and tradition of the Himalayan region. The pageant would be for women between the age group of 17 and 25 years. Applications have been invited from the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in India. Girls from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet can also participate in the contest,” said Lobsang Wangyal, who is also the main force behind the Miss Tibet pageant.
“The minimum height for contestants has been fixed at 165cm and the maximum, 176 cm,” he added. The winner would be awarded Rs one lakh, the first runners up Rs 50,000 and the second runners up Rs 25,000. The finale will be on 13 October at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). There would be one talent round before that at the same venue.