Thursday, September 2, 2010
Her answer was science and technology – so that there would be world-class scientists from Nepal, industries – to give talented Nepalis a platform to show it, and grooming – so that they would know how to present themselves, ‘just as the 18 semifinalists have’.
The bets on Shrestha began piling up when she was selected for three of the other nine awards: Miss Smart Walk, Miss Personality and Miss Photogenic.
With the crown comes the chance to represent Nepal at the Miss World 2010 pageant in Sanya, China in December, a cheque for NRS 50,000 and a Chery car. The crown also carries the responsibilities of being the brand ambassador for Nepal government’s bid to bring 1 million tourists next year and the conservation ambassador for the Nepal chapter of World Wildlife Fund.
Shrestha’s toughest rival Sahana Bajracharya was selected the first runner-up and will now represent Nepal at the Miss Earth 2010 pageant in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh city.
As the nearly three-hour contest, including an amazing ballet by Nepal Music School and a hip-hop number, got underway at the Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Club in Kathmandu, there was palpable tension all around.