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Six women brave tradition to take part in Miss Tibet pageant in India

Six women brave tradition to take part in Miss Tibet pageant in India

Six young women will compete in a beauty pageant of Tibetan exiles later this month, despite opposition from conservative Tibetans who say the contest violates their traditions.
"We have six beautiful, elegant, brave and modern Tibetan girls participating in the Miss Tibet Pageant 2006," Lobsang Wangyal, director of the contest told journalists in Dharmsala, home to the government-in-exile of the Dalai Lama.
The pageant is being held despite opposition from some Tibetans, who accuse the organizers of betraying traditional Tibetan values and aping Western culture.
"It must have been a difficult decision for each one of them to confront a traditionalist Tibetan society," Wangyal said.
In previous years, officials from the exiled government of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, have spoken out against the pageant, saying it runs counter to Tibetan culture.
Contenders to the Miss Tibet title will compete in several categories, including a swimsuit competition, talent show and Tibetan costume event, with a grand finale scheduled for October 15.
Each year, pageant organizers have struggled to persuade young Tibetan women to participate. Last year, there was just one participant, the second time that has happened since the pageant was launched in 2002. The participants were crowned Miss Tibet both times.
India has a large Tibetan community, many of whom settled in the northern city of Dharmsala where the Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since a failed Tibetan uprising in 1959.


Updated : 2021-04-11 06:56 GMT+08:00