A relatively new beauty contest, Miss Eco International 2019 has started in Egypt on March 12, 2019. In the contest Muna Gauchan is representing Nepal. Muna is one of the 60 international contestants participating in the contest. Muna was selected to represent Nepal by the official representative of the contest in Nepal, Green Art Media. The contest was recently held in Kathmandu to select Gauchan to go to the contest.
Although Muna Gauchan is the first contestant that was selected by a contest held in Kathmandu, four other participants had participated in the contest in the past. The first contestant to participate was Prinsha Shrestha. Prinsha had to give up her Miss Nepal Earth title when she participated in the contest without the approval of Hidden Treasure, the Miss Nepal organizer.
Other contestant in the contest were Nagma Shrestha, Ronali Amatya and Maunata Lama. Nagma Shrestha later became the first Miss Nepal Universe in 2017. Ronali Amatya was one of the Miss Nepal 2018 contestant and was the Miss Nepal International 2018.
Gauchan will showcase Nepali dresses and speciality in the international contest. According to the organizer, she has taken some two dozen Nepali dresses to Cairo. She will also show a documentary to highlights the specialities of Nepal as a country.
When Prinsha participated in the contest, it was called Miss Eco Queen 2015. In addition to controversy over her participation, her wearing the Miss Earth sash in the contest was also controversial.