Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the purpose of the Miss Tibet Pageant?
  2. When and where will the next Miss Tibet Pageant be held?
  3. Can anyone apply for the Miss Tibet contest? What are the criteria to participate?
  4. Why are these criteria so strong? Why is there a swimsuit competition?
  5. How and where is the application submitted?
  6. What should the applicants submit to participate?
  7. Is there any training provided prior to the Pageant?
  8. How many rounds are there?
  9. Who provides the clothing and other costumes for the competition?
  10. Are there plans to hold the Pageant in other places?
  11. What does the winner win in the Pageant?
  12. Do the winners participate in other Pageants?
  13. Who produces the Miss Tibet Pageant?
  14. Will the Miss Tibet Pageant be held annually?
  15. Who sponsors the Pageant?
  1. What is the purpose of the Miss Tibet Pageant?
    The purpose of the Pageant is to support contemporary, modern young Tibetan women. More on our Objectives page.
  2. When and where will the next Miss Tibet Pageant be held?
    The Miss Tibet Pageant 2022 is being planned to be held in Toronto, Canada, in September 2022.
  3. Can anyone apply for the Miss Tibet contest? What are the criteria to participate?
    Any Tibetan woman fulfilling the following criteria can apply to participate in the Pageant. The criteria are:
    1. Must have Central Tibetan Administration tax (Green Book) paid up to date. However, this criterion does not apply to a woman coming from Tibet to compete in the Pageant.
    2. Must be between 17 and 25 years of age.
    3. Must be a minimum of 165 cm in height.
    4. Must be unmarried and must not have given birth to a child.
  4. Why are these criteria so strong? Why the swimsuit competition?
    The winner of the Miss Tibet Pageant will be competing in international beauty pageants, representing Tibet. Therefore we have to set our criteria to the same as theirs, or our Miss Tibet will not qualify for them.
  5. How and where is the application submitted?
    Application is submitted online only. The application for Miss Tibet 2022 is now open, and will close on 15 June 2022.
  6. What should the applicants submit to participate?
    The applicant is required to submit:
    • Photocopies of the first and last page of the Green Book showing the Central Tibetan Administration tax paid up to date,
    • Payment of entry fee of Rs 3,000 for applicants from India/Nepal, or $50 US for others. This nominal entry fee is a good faith deposit to authenticate and confirm the applicant's intention of competing in the Pageant.
    • A link to a web page for any one of these: website/YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin/Instagram.
    • Photos of face and body.
  7. Is there any training provided prior to the Pageant?
    Past Pageants provided one week of training before the competition, with courses in physical fitness, stage craft, cat walk, dance, and a make-up and hair styling workshop, along with an orientation on Tibetan history, culture, and current affairs. It will depend on funding if we are able to provide training this year. There will be rehearsals and excursions in the area.
  8. How many rounds are there?
    There are seven rounds:
    • Day One: Swimsuit Round
    • Day Two: Talk and Talent Rounds
    • Day Three: Finale Night with four rounds – Introduction, Gown, Traditional costume, and Interview Rounds.
    In the Talk and Talent rounds, The topic for the Talk round is chosen by lottery, drawn an hour before the round starts. Each contestant is given the choice to speak on a topic from one of two options they pick in the lottery. The topics are all on Tibet and Tibetan-related issues, such as Tibetan history, culture, language, human rights, environment, women, activism, etc.
    In the Talent round, the contestants have to perform an act with no bar in language. The performance would be a minimum of three minutes to maximum five minutes long.
  9. Who provides the clothing and other costumes for the competition?
    The contestants bring their own clothing and costumes.
  10. Are there plans to hold the Pageant in other places?
    Yes. Miss Tibet 2022 is being planned to be held in Toronto, Canada. The Pageant in 2018 was held in New York City, US. There could be a Miss Tibet Pageant in Europe in the future, but this will depend on whoever continues producing the Pageant.
  11. What does the winner win in the Pageant?
    The title Miss Tibet and a cash prize of rupees one lakh (one hundred thousand) as scholarship. In addition, the winner makes guest appearances in festivals and goes on to represent Tibet in international pageants. The prizes for the First and Second runner-up are 50,000 rupees and 25,000 rupees respectively.
  12. Do the winners participate in other Pageants?
    Yes they do. They coordinate with the Director, who helps arrange everything and sometimes can provide funding for travel. Our International Pageants page gives the history of international participation so far.
  13. Who produces the Miss Tibet Pageant?
    The Miss Tibet Pageant was started by Lobsang Wangyal of Lobsang Wangyal Productions in 2002. Since then it has been produced annually, except in 2012. Lobsang announced in 2017 that someone else could take over the Pageant, but there were no takers. This option to takeover is still on.
  14. Will the Miss Tibet Pageant be held annually?
    Yes, it will be held annually except in case of emergency or unless confronted with formidable circumstances.

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