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!)
The outgoing Miss Nepal, Asmi Shrestha, gave a heart touching farewell speech during the finale of Miss Nepal 2017. I have transcribed the speech for those who would love to read it. Nikita Chandak was later crowned Miss Nepal 2017. The first runner up Rojina Shrestha was crowned Miss Nepal Earth, Niti Shah crowned Miss Nepal International and Sahara Basnet was crowned Miss Nepal Asia Pacific International crowns. Read the full report of Miss Nepal 2017.
The summary of Asmi Shrestha’s farewell speech (main points)
- The most important thing she did as Miss Nepal was ‘Classroom and Beyond’ project. The project had helped her to be the top five in Miss World in the ‘Beauty with the Purpose’.
- Meeting Nepali people in Nepal and abroad and feeling of the respect and love towards Miss Nepal title was heart touching to Asmi.
- Before being Newar or Bahun or Chhetri or Rai or any other caste, the Miss Nepal crown holder is a Nepali. She asked everybody to treat as being Nepali rather than being of certain caste.
- The crown had taught the crown holders to stay strong, to believe in themselves, and keep their heads high. She also believed that it has also prepared them for the life that lies ahead of them.
Video summary of the speech:
Full text of farewell speech
Namaste. Tonight, I stand here to leave my last official remark as as your Miss Nepal world 2016 and to express my gratitude and appreciation towards everyone. Tonight, I stand here to crown our Miss Nepal World 2017 and I believe she, who has worked hard genuinely. She, who has the kindest yet the strongest heart. She, who understands the compassion and prides in being a Nepali. And, she, who dares to dream, shall win tonight. Because, that’s what it takes to be a Miss Nepal. What a roller coaster ride it has been for me. The dearest part of my journey has to be Classroom and Beyond, the project, for which I spent most of my time. With your help, we were able to reach till top 5 of Miss World, the prestigious title Beauty with the Purpose.
Well known model Nikita Chandak was crowned the new Miss Nepal – Miss Nepal 2017 in an event held in Kathmandu on Friday, June 2, 2017. A representative of Morang, Chandak was selected from the pool of 19 contestant. Miss Nepal 2016, Asmi Shrestha crowned the new Miss Nepal. In addition to winning the crown, Chandak also wan Miss Confident and Miss Popular Choice awards. After winning the crown, Nikita will represent Nepal in Miss World 2017 beauty contest.
The runner up, Rojina Shrestha, was crowned Miss Nepal Earth 2017. Rojina will represent Nepal in Miss Earth 2017.
The second runner up, Niti Shah, was crowned Mis Nepal International 2017. Niti will represent Nepal in Miss International 2017.
The third runner up, Sahara Basnet was crowned Miss Nepal Asia Pacific International 2017. This is an additional crown introduced in the 2017 edition of Miss Nepal. Sahara Basnet will represent Nepal in Miss Asia Pacific International 2017.
Full video of the event.
Here are the details of all the 19 contestants of Miss Nepal 2017. I have prepare a summary of the contestants.
Height of Miss Nepal contestants
The comparison of heights of each contestants (number 1 to 19 from left to right): Grapical chart of the heights of the contestants
The tallest contestants are 5 feet and 8 inches tall – contestant 7 Rojina Shrestha and 9, Anita Bhandari.
The next tallest are 5 feet and 6 inches tall contestants: 1, 2, 6, 12 and 14
5 feet and 5 inches tall contestants are – 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, and 17
5 feet and 4 inches tall contestants are – 3, 4, 18 and 19
The youngest contestants are 19 years old. Two of the 19 contestants are 19 years old – contestant number 1 Swostika Silwal and the 19th Kritika Giri. The oldest is 24 years old – contestant number 9, Anita Bhandari.
NAME: Swostika Silwal
CONTESTANT – 1
HEIGHT: 5′ 6″
“I like to have fun. But I have always been kind and giving, and am highly motivated to always do the best I can in every challenge I take up.”
Issues that matter to Silwal:
“The political situation of our country, the increasing levels of pollution and the issue of brain drain have, in my opinion, hindered the progress of our country. I would like to do my bit to help address these issues.”
The contestants of Miss Nepal 2017 are undergoing training in preparation of the finale to be held on June 2, 2017. In the mean time, I would like to revisit all the Miss Nepal contests so far. I am also writing a book on Miss Nepal contestants and winners. (Book purchase link)
Ruby Rana beauty secret
Although crowned more than two decades ago, the first Miss Nepal is still fit and beautiful. She has maintained her body and looks for more than two decades. Maintaining the looks is not an easy task. Being a beautician has helped Ruby in doing it right.
In the morning – right after waking up she drinks lukewarm lemon water. Then her regular yoga workout starts. In addition to yoga she also exercises everyday. The type of exercise however are not consistent. She does jumba, aerobics and gym workout at home.
- In breakfast Ruby eats cornflakes, cucumber and watermelon.
- In lunch she eats roti, daal and cooked vegetables. (bread, dal and tarkari)
- In the evening she only drinks soup.
- She has also become a vegetarian these days. That is because she likes drinking when she eats meat. As alcohol is not good for the health and beauty, she tries to keep herself away from alcohol.
- Ruby also drinks 14-15 glases of water in a day.
Biography of Ruby Rana
The first Miss Nepal Ruby Rana was born in India although her home is at Birgunj, Parsa. Her father was in Indian Army.
In most of the beauty contest, one of the most popular medium of showing of their talents are either dancing or sining. In the talent show of the Miss Nepal 2017 contestants, they used variety of medium to show their talents. The Miss Nepal Talent Show was held on May 22, 2017 in Kathmandu. The talent show started with a dance performance.
Contestant number 1 Swastik Silwal of Lalitpur danced on the one of the most popular songs of the current time – ‘Kale Dai …’ of upcoming movie ‘Parwa’.
The contestant number 2 Rinku Bajracharya also performed a dance number. Bajracharya danced on an evergreen dance number ‘Makhamali Choli …’ Continue reading
The Miss Nepal 2010 has made a history again in 2017.
Miss Nepal 2010, Sadichha Shrestha, has graduated from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand with an outstanding academic performance. Shrestha completed her 2-years-long MBA course and graduated on May 19, 2017 in Thailand. In addition to the degree of the completion of her post-graduate in business administration, she was also awarded with The Wilhelm Hill Prize for the most outstanding academic performance in Business Administration.
Beauty with Brains
The organizer of the contest, The Hidden Treasure, hasn’t publicized any details about the contestants. Although the official website of the contest has an advertisement to vote for the contestants, there is no details about the contestants. Even the photos in the advertisement are of low quality to property see the contestant.
Some details of the contestants were published in the Friday edition of Saptahik, a Kantipur’s weekly publication. But, the publication has also omitted some of the details of the contestants. There is no details about the age of some of the contestants, others have their height missed and some have their education details missing. Evaluating the education details of those whose is published, it is clear that most of the contestants are well educated and some even have professional degrees.
- One contestant, Anusha Lamsal, a forestry graduate
- Rakshya Karki is Environment Engineer, Manjari Singh is Civil Engineer
- Namrata Gurung is Computer and Interior Design Graduate from HK
- Rojina Shrestha from Kathmandu is IT and Management graduate.
- Anita Bhandari is MSc Microbiology student
- Urusha Adhikari and Dristi Katuwal are Nursing graduate / students
- Niti is Journalism graduate, Kritika is Journalism student
- Swastika Silwal is studying BBA, Rinku , Nikita, Gyani Maya Baral, Barsha Pokharel are Business studies graduates
There are 19 finalist of Miss Nepal 2017. The contestants were selected by auditions held in various cities all over Nepal. For the first time in the history of the contest, this year, Skype auditions were also held for the applicants living abroad. This year, contestants from Kathmandu, Dharan, Pokhara, Butwal, Dhangadi, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj and Chitwan are contesting for the crown.
The contestants were selected based on the talent, beauty, personality and the level of wisdom among the applicants. In the pre-final round 30 contestants were selected by eight different audition. Eleven contestants were eliminated to finalize the finalists. The final is scheduled to be held on June 2, 2017.
The official list of the Miss Nepal contestants is yet to be released. I have compiled the list of contestants from unofficial sources.
Unlike previous years, the organizers chose 30 contestants to begin with and then they eliminated 10 contestants as they progress. The final 20 contestants will compete in the finale. I am compiling the list of 20 finalist contestants. The following list is the confirmed finalist according to the individual contestants.
I will update this post again after the official list is released. The confiremd contestants so far are:
- Rinku Bajracharya – Contestant number 2
- Priyanka Khadka – Contestant number 3
- Rojyna Shrestha – Contestant number 7
- Niti Shah – Contestant number 11
- Nikita Chandak – Contestant Number 14
UPDATE – Based on a photo uploaded by the official account of Miss Nepal in Instagram, there are 21 contestants including the daughter of the Miss Nepal choreographer Rachana Sharma Gurung – Amalia Sharma. It is interesting that there are two Rojina Shrestha and I am not sure which one is the contestant 7 – the Baneshowr one or the Mitrapark one. The previous unconfirmed list has to be :
- Ajyona Tamrakar
- Amalai Sharma
- Rojina Shrestha (Baneshowr)
- Rojina Shrestha (Mitrapark)
- Gyani Maya Baral
- Swostika Silwal
- Anusha Lamsal
- Ashima Baral
- Dristi Katuwal
- Urusha Adhikari
- Kritika Giri
- Barsha Pokharel
- Rakhcha Karki
- Anita Bhandari
- Manjari Singh
- Namrata Gurung
- Sahara Basnet
The 2017 edition of Miss Nepal beauty contest has started on April 19, 2017 with an orientation program in Kathmandu. The 22nd edition of the contest has 30 initial participants. The contestants this year included young girls from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, Dhulabari and Chitwan. One third of these participants will be eliminated before the 20 contestants are selected for the finale contest to be held on June 2, 2017.
Four Miss Nepal titles this year
In the past contests there used to be top 3 titles selected to participate in three different international beauty contests. This year, one more title is added to send a Nepali beauty to Miss Asia Pacific contest. To select the top 4, top 7 finalists will compete in the final round. In the past three winners used to be selected from the final round of Top 5 contestants.
For the first time in Miss Nepal contest, some of the contestants also participated in the audition remotely. The girls living abroad who wanted to participate in Miss Nepal also participated in the audition through Skype call. The organizers have told that they are expecting participants from Dubai and Hong Kong.
According to the organizers, this year’s Miss Nepal contest is going to be highly competitive because of the participants from the diverse professional fields. There are well known professional models, engineers, architects, entrepreneurs and girls from other fields. It is going to be tough for the winner to excel in such a diverse and talented contestant pool.
The journey begins! #MissNepal2017
That was the the status of model Niti Shah after being selected to compete in the Miss Nepal 2017 contest. This is not only a mere status – a challenge to all other contestants in the beauty contest. The pretty-face model, Niti Shah, had been preparing for this day for a long time. I know, other girls in the contest might have done the same, but Niti had made it public for a while ago.
I have prepared a video report about Niti’s participation in Miss Nepal contest:
Who is Niti Shah?
Well known model Niti Shah was selected to participate in this year’s Miss Nepal in the audition held recently. Considered one of the prettiest faces in the fashion industry, she has been appreciated for her acting and modelling skills. Some think, Niti is a lookalike of Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif.
Till last year, top 3 winners of Miss Nepal contests used to represent international beauty contests. Starting this year, one more Miss Nepal will represent Nepal in the international contest. The fourth placed winner of Miss Nepal 2017 will now go to Miss Asia Pacific beauty contest.
Miss Nepal in Miss Asia Pacefic
Although the fourth place winner of Miss Nepal is going to participate in Miss Asia Pacific beauty contest this year, this is not the first time Miss Nepal had participated in the contest. That was the first international beauty contests Miss Nepal used to go before the agreement with the Miss world beauty contest.
The first Miss Nepal, Ruby Rana, (in 1994) participated in Miss Asia Pacific 1994 in Philippines. After Ruby, Miss Nepal 1995 Sumi Khadka and Miss Nepal 1996 Punam Ghimire also participated in Miss Asia Pacific contests.
I have collected rare bikini photos and videos of most of the Miss Nepal and prepared a video. After preparing the video I am sharing additional photos of the Miss Nepal.
Watch the UPDATED video
Let me start with the first Miss Nepal 1994 – Ruby Rana
Ruby Rana participated in Miss Asia Pacific beauty contest, held in Philippines. Here is a photo of Ruby catwalk in her red bikini is included in the video