Friday, October 05, 2007

Two Sikkim contestants vie for the Miss Tibet 2007

Miss Tibet - Women with Wisdom from the Roof of the World

Dharamsala, October 5: Of the many events in the month of October in Dharamsala, probably the most glamorous one demanding much attention could well be Miss Tibet Beauty pageant.This year, five contestants are vying for the beauty title after testing them through seven competition rounds.Despite much insisted hype to add more contending beauties to his show by Lobsang Wanagyal, the man behind the pageant, the number remains at dwindling low. In fact, for this year, there is one less in number compared to last year’s.
Nevertheless, Lobsang is adamant and is hopeful to add more contestants in coming years, as he promises to continue with the beauty show.“The enthusiasm with which more than ten women applied is a clear sign of hope to have even more contestants in the future” Lobsang said at the beauty pageant’s press conference.Deeki Dolma, 20, from Gangtok, Sikkim; Tenzin Dolma, 21, from McLeod Ganj; Tenzin Pema, 19, from Clement Town, Dehradun; Tenzing Dolma, 25, from Gangtok, Sikkim and Tsering Yangzom, 20, from Kollegal, Karnataka are contesting for this year’s Tibetan beauty title.“To represent and promote Tibet by taking part in Miss Tibet,” is the sole purpose of taking part in the contest for Deeki Dolma from Sikkim.Tenzin Pema, a BA first-year student in Delhi University, on the other says her participation is “to encourage other young Tibetans to come forward and be expressive of their own”.Before the actual final competition rounds would begin from 12 to 14 October, the contestants will undergo a week-long training, which among others includes yoga, dance and catwalk, Lobsang said. A week-long training will be accompanied by orientation on Tibetan history, culture and current affairs, environmental issues, human rights and music and, visits to Tibetan Government-in-Exile, NGOs and institutions.The contestants were yesterday shown "Miss Tibet in Exile", a documentary film on Miss Tibet pageant, directed by Tashi Wangchuk and Tsultrim Dorjee of Tibet Motion Pictures & Arts.Miss Tibet 2006 successfully participated in the Miss Earth contest.“We hope to produce yet another memorable edition of the Miss Tibet pageant,” says Lobsang.

Tenzing Dolma
Tenzing Dolma is 25 years of age. She is from Gangtok, Sikkim.
She is a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate. She works as a senior manager in SIMTAC, a real estate company in Sikkim. She is also a part time anchor in Playwin Super Lotto on Zee Music. She will be doing her MBA studies from the beginning of 2008.
Music, reading inspirational books and meeting people are some of the things she likes to do in her spare time.
“Miss Tibet helps bring awareness about the Tibetan issue around the world through the different activities Miss Tibet does.
“Even in this 21st century there are many people who do not know about the existence of Tibet and the wishes of the Tibetan people for freedom, equality and democracy.
“The Miss Tibet Pageant is a platform that will help the world to understand that Tibet exists and Tibetans are suffering.”

Deeki Dolma
Deeki Dolma is 20 years of age. She is from Gangtok, Sikkim.
She is presently doing her final year B. Com honours studies from Hindu College in Delhi. She likes dancing, music, playing basketball and watching movies.
After graduation, she would like to do MBA. She also would like to do some social work in the field of education, wildlife and environment.
“Miss Tibet is not just a title but a responsibility she holds towards the people. She is the Voice of the Tibetans because of the media attention Miss Tibet receives. Since media has a strong influence in today's world, Miss Tibet can reach a broader audience to bring forth Tibetan issues to them. Her call can help bring more supporters for the Tibetan cause.
“She requests Tibetan women to participate in the pageant and be a part of the Movement.”