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:
There is a high chance that Shrinkhala Khatiwada, Miss Nepal 2018, might be able to bring home the Miss World crown. That is because, she is the most deserving candidate so far. There were capable contestants before. But, Shrinkhala seems to be better than all of them because of her confidence, intelligence and beauty.
An example of her talent was seen at the Talent round of Miss Nepal:
Shrinkhala Khatiwada visited her hometown Hetauda, for the first time after winning the Miss Nepal 2018 crown. Talking to journalists there, Shrinkhala told that she has no interest to become an actress because, “I don’t know acting and I can’t dance either.”
An architect by profession, Shrinkhala is planning to pursue her career in architecture. She told that, her background is different from those of the previous Miss Nepal. She told, “After being Miss Nepal, I will continue to work in the profession I am trained in.” She told that although her grandfather, father and her mother are active in politics, she has no such plans. He father Birod Khatiwada is the parliament member and her mother Munu Sigdel in the member of Pradesh Sabha.
She told, “Miss Nepal is not a model, she is a role model instead.”
The Miss Nepal 2018 is crowned in an event held in Kathmandu.
- Miss Nepal World 2018 – Shrinkhala Khatiwada
- Miss Nepal Universe 2018 – Manita Devkota
- Miss Nepal Earth 2018 – Priya Sigdel
- Miss Nepal International 2018 – Ronali Amatya
This year’s Miss Nepal is :
Miss Nepal 2018 Top 7 Finalists:
- Ronali Amatya
- Manita Devkota
- Mahima Singh
- Sayara Lama
- Priya Sigdel
- Aashma Dhungana
- Shrinkhala Khatiwada
12 Special award winners:
- Livon Miss Miss Beautiful Hair: Shrinkhala Khatiwada
- Hyundai Miss Friendship: Sayara Lama
- Creative D Studio Miss Photogenic: Mahima Singh
- Sulux Miss Punctual: Laxmi Poudel
- The Kathmandu Post Miss Intellectual: Ashma Dhungana
- Goldstar Miss Best Athlete: Megha Shrestha
- Brij Cement Miss Confident: Aastha Sakha
- Yamaha Miss Fascino: Shrinkhala Khatiwada
- Berger Miss Glamour: Manita Devkota
- NMag Miss Popular Choice: Sandhya Adhikari
- The Hidden Treasure Miss Talent: Ronali Amatya
- Beauty with Purpose: Priya Sigdel
All the contestants:
1. Mahima Singh
22-year-old Mahima Singh from Kathmandu is 5 ft 6 inches tall and is a BBA graduate.
I do believe in taking risks in life because until you take a step you never know what life holds for you. This is why I’m a participant of MN 2018
– Modeling in 2013-2014
– Face of House of Fashion Constant 2013
2. Ronali Amatya
22 years old Ronali Amatya was also the Model Hunt Nepal 2016 and Miss Eco Internation Nepal 2017 winner. She is 5 ft 7 inches tall.
The application for the biggest beauty contest in Nepal, Miss Nepal, is going to be held among the contestants to be selected by various auditions in different cities in the country. The Audition will start from Magh 21 and will end on 27 (February 4 to February 10) in eight different cities. The auditions are going to be held in Dhangadi, Nepalgujng, Butwal, Pokhara, Birgunj, Biratnagar, Dharan and Birtamod. The last audition will be held on Falgun 5 (February 17, 2018) in Kathamndu. Birgunj and Birtamod are two additional cities the auditions that will also host auditions for Miss Nepal 2018, this year.
20 to 25 candidates will be selected at the auditions and they will go through 7 weeks of training before the finale to be held on April 11, 2018 on Hotel Annapurna.
What are the requirements of the contestants?
Like last year, the requirements of the contest are similar. Unlike last year, this year girls of age 25 can also apply. Until last year, the maximum age for the applicant was 24-years.
The Miss Nepal 2009, Zenisha Moktan, is expecting her first baby this month (in December 2017). A traditional baby shower was organized by the ex-Miss Nepals for Moktan in which seven Miss Nepal showed up. Including Zenisha there are eight Miss Nepal in the following photo:
From Left to Right : Asmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016), Usha Khadgi (Miss Nepal 2000), Priti Sitaula (Miss Nepal 2003), Zenisha Moktan (Miss Nepal 2009, the mother-to-be), Sadichha Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2020), Shweta Singh (Miss Nepal 1999) and Sugarika KC (Miss Nepal 2007)
Among the ex-Miss Nepal present in the ceremony, Sadichha and Asmi were the only two unmarried Miss Nepal and they were the only ones who are not mothers yet. Malvika Subba had given birth to a son in 2016.
As you know:
Now, she is eying being Top 15 by winning the People’s Choice Awards. Nikita writed, “I have got to know that the Top 15 in the coronation night, one delegate would be the People’s Choice.” Excited by the amount of likes and comments in her Beauty with a Purpose video in YouTube, Nikita says, it “already makes me feel like the People’s choice.”
While Nikita keeps her fingers cross, we as her supporters should watch the video and comment on it.
Already a Top 11
Nikita is one of the eleven contestants who are confirmed for the Top 40. There will 29 more additions in the list, later.
Being one of the few selected top contenders in the start – has given her an advantage of bing recognized among the contestants. She has got the opportunity to show herself up to the judges who will have the final say. Other 107 contestants also look at her as a more deserving title-holder than themselves (because, she is already a Top 40, and they are not – at least, not yet.).
Although there is no bikini round in Miss Nepal beauty contest, the winners of the contest have to wear them when they participate in international beauty contests. Earlier, I talked about bikini rounds in Miss Nepal, now it is time to talk about the bikini rounds in Miss Nepal Earth, the runner-ups of Miss Nepal contest. As of 2017, there were 14 Nepali representatives to the contest.
I have collected the bikini photos of all the contestants from 2009 to 2017 and searching the remaining photos. I will update the post as soon as I find their photos. For now, here are bikini photos of most of the contestants from Nepal in Miss Earth from Miss Earth 2009 to Miss Earth 2017:
Rojina Shrestha (2017)
I have talked about Rojina in my previous post. Here are more bikini photos of Rojina Shrestha.
Roshani Khatri (2016)
The Miss Earth Nepal 2017, Rojina Shrestha, is currently participating Miss Earth beauty contest held in Philippines. The first runner up of Miss Nepal 2017 went to Philippines on October 7 and is preparing herself for the finale to be held on November 4. As a part of the contest, Shrestha posed in two-piece bikini recently. Here are some of the photos of the Nepali model in the contest.
The bikini round of the contest was held during the press presentation held at Diamond Hotel. Although Miss World, has removed bikini rounds a few years ago, Miss Earth continues to include bikini round it its competition.
After Miss Nepal 1995 Sumi Khadka, Miss Nepal World 1997 Jharana Bajracharya and Miss Nepal 2002 Malvika Subba, now it is the turn of another ex-Miss Nepal to become a mother. Miss Nepal 2009, Zenisha Moktan, who got married last year (read Zenisha’s marriage report), is going to give birth to a child soon. Moktan with a clearly visible baby bump is in a vacation in preparation for the child birth.
The expectant mother and father had organized a party to announce the pregnancy a while ago. Here is a short video report of the event.
Is it a boy or a girl?
The couple had also announced if it is a boy or a girl in the event. To create the suspense they played a game. To-be father held two balloons with blue coloured confetti in one and pink coloured confetti in another. To-be mother had held two plates with pink and blue confetti in them. While Dikesh Malhotra created a tension by taking time in squishing one of the balloons, Zenisha waited excitedly to throw the confetti from one of the plates.
A professional model, Nikita Chandak, was crowned Miss Nepal 2017 in an event held on June 2 2017. There had been some online rumours that “Nikita doesn’t look like Nepali” or “she is an Indian.” But in reality, she is a hundred percent Nepali. Even before the finale, I thought she was the most suitable candidate to be crowned Miss Nepal. That was the reason I prepared her biography and told she was “deserving candidate.”
Why did I think Nikita Chandak was the most suitable candidate to be crowned Miss Nepal?
On analyzing the 19 contestants, I had guessed either Nikita Chandak or Niti Shah to be crowned Miss Nepal. That was why I prepared the biography videos of those two contestants. My guess was right, Nikita was crowned and Niti was crowned the Miss Nepal International.
My guess was not a mere guess – it was a “calculated guess”. I had evaluated their background and their personality and the strength of their desire to become Miss Nepal. A few days before the contest, Miss Nepal 2016, Asmi Shrestha, had expressed that Nikita Chandak stood out in a fashion show held in Kathmandu. When I looked at her background and personality, she seem to give off the confidence and the personality a Miss Nepal needs.
Watch the introduction video of Nikita Chandak (I prepared it before she was crowned!)