We already have various ethnic beauty contests like Miss Newa, Miss Gurung, Miss Sherpa, Miss Tamang and so on. It seems such ethnic contests haven’t been able to include all the sub-ethnic communities. That might be the reason Miss Jyapu is going to be organized soon. Jyapu is a small sub-community within Newa or Newar community, opting agriculture as their profession. By default, Miss Newa is supposed to include all the beauties from Jyapu community.
Miss Jyapu 2012 is going to be organized on March 17, 2012 (Chaitra 4. 2068 BS) and application for the beauties of age between 18 and 24 is open now. The particip
ants will be taught about the traditional agricultural practices and typical Newari tradition.
After Miss Jyapu (agriculture professionals) it seems, we will have more beauty contests like Miss Gubhaju (Newari Priests), Miss Shrestha (Merchants), Miss Pode (fishermen, sweepers), Miss Chyami (sweepers) and so on in the near future.
In an event held on December 30, 2010, Sugena Shakya of Lalitpur, Jawalakhel was crowned the Miss Newa 2010 title.
Sugena had to compete with 36 participants from all over the country. In addition to the Miss Newa title she also won the title of "Miss Nepal Language". Sugena was awarded a gift hamper of Rs. 25,000.
The first runner-up of Miss Newa contest was Lashata Shrestha of Maharajgunj and second runner-up Nisha Shakya of Thahiti, Kathmandu. Lasala and Nisha each received gift hampers equivalent to Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 15,000 respectively.
Among other title winners were: Miss Talent – Dipika Shrestha, Miss Personality – Sweta Bajracharya, Miss Charming – Arina Tuladhar, Best Skin – Urusha Tuladhar, Miss Friendship – Diya Byanjankar, Best Hair – Nisha Shrestha, Miss Photogenic – Sujana Prajapati, Miss Discipline – Sony Manandhar, Best Smile – Shreebha Joshi, and Viwers’ Choice award was awarded to Pravina Maharjan.
In addition to regular titles, five more beauties were awarded district ambassadors. District ambassadors of Shyangja was Puja Shrestha, Kaski – Manjin Ranjitkar, Dhulikhel – Deepa Sonju, Banepa – Subi Kayastha and Makawanpur – Meera Balami.
The audition for the beauty contest to be held among the members of Newar community was held on November 27, 2010, Saturday in Hotel Malla in Kathmandu. Out of a total of 46 women present for the audition, 35 beauties were selected for the final contest, to be held on December 30, 2010.
Most of the selected candidates come from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Banepa, Shyanjga, and Pokhara. A Newar from New Delhi, India, Miss Pooja Shrestha is one of the finalist of the event.
Mr. Hari Darshan Shrestha, an engineer, Mr. Bhai Raja Tuladhar, DGM of Prime Bank, Mr. Manoj Shrestha, an Industrialist and Mr. K.M. Ranjitkar, the GM of Hotel Malla were judge for the au
dition of the 6th Miss Newa. Congratulation for all the participants.
The grooming session for the selected candidates, a month-long closed-camp, starts from the 15th of Mangsir 2067. The 5th edition of Miss Newa 2009 was held on December 30, 2009 and Yogita Maharjan was the Miss Newa 2009.
This is a comprehensive list of beauty contests in Nepal. We will update the list to make it as detailed as possible after every beauty contests. Some of the details of past events are missing in some cases. The information will be updated as we could gather those information. Your help will be highly appreciated (contact us).
NOTE: This page is incomplete and will be updated when information are available.
I wrote about the flood of beauty contests in December when there were 3 beauty contests being held in a week’s time (hat-trick, if you like – Republica Miss Teen, Riddhi Siddhi Miss Teen, and Miss Teen Tamang). After that, we had College Ambassador, Miss Mangol, Miss India Worldwide Nepal, Kid Queen, Miss Lumbini, and announcements of Miss Tamang (canceled) plus combined Miss Tamang and Miss Aryan. That is not all, we have a recent announcement of yet another contest, Miss Angel 2010.
The organizers of Miss Angel believe that the event will be nearly equivalent to Miss Nepal in terms of size! (But, I don’t have any reason to believe it.) The event is going to be held on July 17. They have only a month to prepare for the event and they want it to make a grand eventâ€¦ It however looks better in terms of prizes â€“ Rs. 100,000 for the winner and 50,000 and 30,000 for the first and second runner up is not a bad prize money.
A rough history of beauty contests from November to May (10 contests in 7 months and another hat-trick beauty contest announcement for July)**
There was the time when the government didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t allow Miss Nepal to be held and this is the time when at least three beauty contests are being held in a week.
Tamang beauty contest, Miss Teen Tamang 2009, is being held on December 25 (Poush 10). As I wrote previously, Newari beauty contest, Miss Newa 2009, is being held on December 30 (Poush 14). And, Republica Miss Teen, supposed to be held on December 21 has moved to December 31 (Poush 16) due to the MaoistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nationwide general strike for three days starting Dec 20.
Is that all? Or, did I miss some more beauty contests?
If the trend continues, someday we might be proud to be called – Ã¢â‚¬ËœNepal, the land of beautiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
One of the many ethnic communities, Newar community, has been conducting its own beauty pageant, Miss Newa, for the past few years. This year, 36 participants are choosen from Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dolkha, Dhading, Terhathum, and Dhangadi for the final contest to be held on December 30, 2009.
Apart from Miss Newa, other ethnic community beauty contest – Miss Sherpa and Miss Gurung started in the year 2004. Miss Newa followed them and the first Miss Newa was organized by Nepalese Fashion Home in the year 2005. Since then Miss Newa is organized annually. Ms. Sabita Shrestha was crowned the first Miss Newa (2005). Ms. Subita Pradhan (2006), Ms. Supriya Tuladhar (2007) and Ms. Aakasha were the crown holders in successive years.
Last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miss Newa 2008, Akasha Bajracharya will handover the Miss Newa crown to the winner of this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s title.