The Miss Nepal 2019 team has a apology as the Nepali new year gift. When the judge of the Kathmandu audition of Miss Nepal, choreographer of the contest, Rachana Gurung Sharma, went tough on one of the contestants, social media went against her. The organizer defended her tough style of questioning as a right measure of training. Most of the previous Miss Nepal contest winners supported Rachana Gurung. Now, Rachana has taken a bold step – apologizing. It was a good gesture on her part despite not feeling its need.
Priya Grurung – Miss Nepal Hongkong 2018.
Earlier I had made a video report on Priya and how she had got the direct entry into Miss Nepal contest. But, she didn’t know that she wouldn’t finally be qualified for the contest because of her age. The information was given to her so late that, she lost her job and she travelled to Nepal from Hong Kong for no apparent reason.
– She was told she will get direct entry into Miss Nepal after she won Miss Hong Kong in December. Miss Nepal choreographer was there at the contest to welcome Priya to Miss Nepal.
– She even went through training for the Miss Nepal contest preperation
– Was told to come to Nepal on March 24
– She flew all the way from Hongkong leaving her job and ruining her career
– Nobody told about her age problem …
– The organizers gave her a letter — it was a rejection letter
Now, she is in Nepal – and won’t be part of Miss Nepal contest !
I made this video report earlier:
If you don’t know who Samriddhi Rai is, here is a short introduction to the beauty, according to her Facebook profile:
- Former Bureau chief at M&S VMAG, Kantipur Group
- Former Head of The Himalayan Times TGIF
- Former Sub-Editor at ECS Media
- Former Feature Writer at Kantipur Publications
I know Samraddhi as a singer and a model. She had participated in various beauty contests and an outspoken personality.
She had won Miss Personality title in an international beauty contest, Miss Toursim Queen International 2011. (Here is – My report on the event)
And, she had also won an international title – Miss Press Princess (a gossip report on Samriddhi)
She had also created a controversy when she told about caste system in Nepal. (Report here)
Samriddhi has spoken about the latest Miss Nepal audition ‘Makeup Kanda’. Here is what she has to say:
It seems, Miss Nepal organizer is not willing to admit any mistakes in it’s part. In the press statement, the organizer has told that it is just a part of the competition to evaluate the “frame of mind, level of comfort, confidence and ability of the candidates to tackle the questions in a way that brings out the best from them.”
It denies any intimidation or ill intention. Read the full statement:
Date: April 07, 2019
The Hidden Treasure is concerned by the issues raised in the social media recently and would like to put the issues in its correct perspective. Candidates’ sitting in any tests, exams or interviews can face some tough questions. This is done in order to find out frame of mind, level of comfort, confidence and ability of the candidates to tackle the questions in a way that brings out the best from them. Not to intimidate, belittle or fail them in the interviews. Such deeds are conducted without any ill intention or to harm, hassle or to tarnish the image of the candidate.
The Hidden Treasure has followed such a process during the audition of Miss Nepal 2019, in an effort to bring out the best from the interviewed candidates which in this case the particular candidate came out brilliantly and is already selected.
In an Instagram post, Miss Nepal 2018, Shrinkhala Khatiwada has spoken against bullying. She writes, “I whole heartedly support the body positivity movement and have been voicing out about your own choices, makeup or no makeup. But, I don’t support bullying. Be it bullying a miss Nepal participant or be it bullying a trainer.”
Shrinkhala claims that the problem is not against an individual but the whole concept of beauty pageant. She writes, “I’m a Miss Nepal at the moment and I often have times when I question the relevance of pageants at all. It’s a never ending battle with my mind. I’ve seen the good and the bad. I was lucky to see mostly the goods of the pageant but there’s more to it.”
About the current incident, Shrinkhala writes, “Right now, we are attacking a single individual instead of questioning the entire practice. If we need a long term solution, we need to move away from hate towards one individual and think deeper. Elese, this will just be another Kanda and will soon be forgotten.”
If you ask me, it is just another Kanda and there is nothing to be done.
The controversial choreographer of Miss Nepal, Rachana Gurung Sharma, is a well known personality in herself. Choreographing Miss Nepal for the last 25 years and at the time when she was celebrating her silver jublee of choreographing, she has fallen victim of an unusual controversy. She has been accused of bullying.
About Rachana Gurung Sharma:
Here is my video report on the case:
When Ashmita Maharjan showed up without wearing any makeup and wearing her -5 powered glasses one of the judges, Rachana Sharma Gurung, got mad at her. She told, “.. This is disrespect.”
But, the courage of Ashmita, a 7th semester Computer engineering student was appreciated and she was selected to participate in the Miss Nepal 2019 contest. She is the official contestant number 8. There is a chance that she will represent Nepal in the international arena. By the courage and her presentation, and education, there is a high chance that she will be one of the five candidates who will represent Nepal in the international arena.
Who is Rachana Sharma Gurung?
Have you watched ‘Jerry’ the movie featuring Anmol KC and Anna Sharma in leading role? The actress Anna is Rachana Sharma Gurung’s mother. It is not only Anna, Rachana is the mother of three gorgeous sisters.
26 finalist of Miss Nepal 2019 are:
1. Nisha Pathak
2. Alisha Joshi
3. Sophiya Bhujel
4. Riya Basnet
5. Punam Pantha
6. Anushka Shrestha
7. Jenny Maharjan
8. Ashmita Maharjan
9. Kiran Thapa
10. Pradeepta Adhikari
11. Nitika Karmacharya
12. Rose Lama
13. Sara Bajimaya
14. Laxmi Raut
15. Rakchya Upreti
16. Meera Kakshapati
17. Jenisa Thapaliya
18. Pooja Shrestha
19. Bipana Subedi
20. Suvekshya Adhikari
21. Prakriti Katwal
22. Nancy Bogati
23. Shiwani Ghimire – https://www.instagram.com/shiwani_ghimire/
24. Santwana Malakar
25. Pratha Adhikari
26. Sanskriti Ghimire
These contestants were selected after the completion of the Kathmandu audition on March 24, 2019. These finalists were given the orientation session on March 27, 2019 by the organizer The Hidden Treasure. These contestants were selected from auditions held in 8 different cities and Kathmandu.
If you are interested to get the international limelight and represent Nepal in international platforms, Miss Nepal beauty contest might be a platform. All you need to do is to fulfil the application criteria and show your talent at the audition.
Here are 7 basic requirements to be able to apply:
1) The applicant should be a single/never married/naturally born female Nepali citizen.
2) Never given Birth.
3) Age should be between 19-25 years (as of December 31, 2019)
4) Minimum academic qualification should be 10+2 equivalent.
5) Minimum height should be 5 ft 4 inches (164.6 cms)
6) Applicant should be attractive, possess sound health and have a good moral character.
7) No tattoo on body.
If you live in places out of Kathmandu, you could attend the audition to be held in 8 different cities from East to the West.
According to latest report, Miss Nepal 2018, Shrinkhala Khatiwada is appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Nepal-France relationship. A reigning Miss Nepal should get the approval of the organizing company The Hidden Treasure to work for any other organization. Shrinkhala has shared a photo of the chairman of the company, Gopal Kayastha to indicate that the appointment was approved by the organization. The 2019 edition of the beauty contest is underway. Shrinkhala will be relieved from her duties after she crowns the new Miss Nepal somewhere around March / April.
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I’m extremely honored yo share with you all that I’ve been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Nepal-France relationship. I’m grateful towards His excellency ambassador of France Mr. Lege for considering me eligible for this position and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approving of this appointment. I hope this relationship can better aid in the development of the glorious relationship between the two countries. I hope to stand as a representation of the Nepali youth of coming age, who stand tall as global citizens, aware of the global issues, education, human rights, equality;who are capable to challenge the world in technology, science and research. I hope to further publicize Nepal in France as a country more than mountaineering, but a county of cultural heritage, diversity, religion, traditions, art and architecture as well. Thank you! I’m extremely grateful #missnepal2018
Ishani Shrestha, Miss Nepal 2013 has graduated from one of the most elite and competitive business schools in the USA: The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The Miss World 2013 contestant, who won the first Beauty with a Purpose title for Nepal, also made an impression by her intelligence and talent at the business school:
- She did 4 years degree in 3 years
- Finished off in the President’s Honors list
- She also got an additional certificate in Business Specialization.
In her Instagram post Ishani wrote:
Nepali beauties are making a huge impacts in international beauty pageants this year. Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada made an impression in Miss World by winning two major titles – Multimedia Award and Beauty With a Purpose title. Now, another Miss Nepal, Manita Devkota, made it to Top 10 of Miss Universe 2018 beauty contest. That is the huge accomplishment for Nepal on her second participation in the contest. Last year, Nagma Shrestha debuted in Miss Universe contest by participating in the Miss Universe 2017 contest held in the United States.
UPDATE: The Miss Universe 2018 representative of Nepal, Manita Devkota is not receiving the same level of love from her fellow countrymen like Miss World contestant Shrinkhala. That may be because there was on voting round in Miss Universe. But, she made it better in performance in the contest. With almost 100 contestants from all over the world, Manita managed to go up to Top 10. Although she didn’t made it to the crown, that was a pretty good performance given, this was Nepal’s second participation in the contest.
Her National Costume Round video:
Miss Nepal 2018, Shrinkhala Khatiwada has made a new record in the Miss World beauty contest. Although the Beauty with a Purpose title was not to first for Nepal, Multimedia award was the first title to Nepal. Winning two titles in Miss World on the same day was another first in the Miss World contest. She will bring home more titles for sure:
I have compiled a list of saying of ex-Miss Nepal and their statements on the success of Miss Nepal in Miss World.
This is Miss Nepal 2017 Nikita Chandak’s statement about Shrinkhala’s success:
This is crazy – unheard of – record breaking video of a Nepali beauty queen that got 700,000 views in a day. Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada released the introduction video in her own channel and it got 100s of thousands of views instantly. Watch the following video and you will say, “Yes, it deserves the attention.”:
Shrinkhala wrote a long post on how she prepared for the video, how she wrote the script and how the team worked on it to make it that good. The status is a clear indication that she also deserves the Miss World title this year. I believe, no other contestants have prepared themselves this much for the title.
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Namaste everyone! I don't know where do I begin. I am out of words to express my gratitude towards the support and love that you have been showering us with! We released the introduction video last night and in less than 24 hrs, we've managed to get 6, 60,000 views! This is going to be a long caption, please bear with me ❤️ Ever since I was crowned as a Miss Nepal, I knew that I was going to Miss World carrying the entire country on my shoulders. The introduction video might not seem like a big deal but, for me it was a huge platform to represent Nepal to the world. Nepal is extremely diverse, and to show it in a short video whilst introducing my personal self was a big challenge. I wanted someone fresh and talented to do this project. Upon a lot of research, I decided that @abinbho was the best person who could do it. He seemed passionate, hard working and I felt like his work needed much more exposure. Luckily , he agreed as well! We must have had at least 10 meetings before we finalized on the entire concept. I would constantly write the script and scrap it off because it never seemed to capture the essence of my place and I. We finally had a concept and a rough script ready. We shot for more 10 days in total. Struggled a lot to find sponsors, to manage time, to manage all the necessary resources within hours notice. It's not easy when you have a nature of micro managing everything, but somehow, with a lot of support, we pulled it off! We had done the dubbing prior to the shoot. In between, we also had the music ready. I remember when Abin called at midnight to play the first draft of the music by incredibly talented @kobidbazra. We were hooked! Then was the most challenging part to piece it all together. We started out with a mindset of producing 2:30 long video but it couldn't execute the concept that we had. We had a draft ready but something felt missing every time. I got lucky to meet @sisanbaniya on our trip to Thailand. On one of the nights, I shared with him the idea and the script that I had planned, I remember he high fived me at least 10 times and promised to help us in any way possible. Which he whole heartedly did.. Cont'd..
The remaining part (lost in the sea of comments in the embeded post above):
The essence that felt missing, he filled it with his script and pieced it perfectly together. Most of the best parts of the script are mostly his ideas. We tweeked the music here and there and dubbed it again at the day after Laxmi Puja.
Abin has done an incredible job. He often used to tell me that he wanted to make this the best project of his life so far and I am so proud that it has actually turned out to be that way. Every single shot has a story and at least 15 backups behind it. We’ve really worked hard.
Most of the mesmerizing shots of Nepal are by @manish.maharjan444. He is another person who never fails to amaze me. Thank you so much for being a part of this incredible journey. He has a big role to play for both introduction video and bwap documentary.
There are a lot of people that I am due to thank @ASTIKSHERCHAN
kanchan di and kabita for making sure I looked good at freezing temperatures. @prashanna_07, ananta, rojan, sishir dai , nisha , Mohit, @ktmcty @anta @TRISHOOLSPORTS, JGI group, Nepal Tourism Board, The Hidden Treasure
Talking about the history – the closest Nepal has ever reached to the Miss World crown was in 2013. Miss Nepal Ishani Shrestha was one of the Top 10 that year. She had also won the Beauty with the Purpose title.
Shrinkhala is a well rounded personality – she has the charisma to outshine Ishani. Will, Shrinkhala Khatiwada create history for Nepal this year?
I believe she will !!
Watch the following video to know my thoughts: