Miss Nepal

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Miss Nepal
Miss Nepal Logo.png
Logo of the Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant.
FormationOctober 14, 1994; 24 years ago (1994-10-14)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersKathmandu
Location
Membership
Official language
Nepali & English
Key people
Founder chairman Gopal Sunder Lal Kakshapati
Websitemissnepal.com.np

Miss Nepal (Nepali: मिस नेपाल) is a national beauty pageant in Nepal. The winners are sent to Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss Supranational.

History[edit]

Ever since the pageant started from 1994, historically the winner of the Miss Nepal pageant represented the Nepal in the Miss Asia Pacific. After 1997, the Hidden Treasures collaborated with Kathmandu Jaycees and formed two pageants of Kathmandu Jacyees Miss Nepal and Hidden Treasures Miss World Nepal. From 1998 onwards, the winner of Miss Nepal has been sent to Miss World contest and the 1st runner up to Miss Asia Pacific. No contest was held in 2001 because of the Nepalese royal massacre.

From 2004, the 2nd runner up has been granted to represent Nepal in the pageant Miss Earth but it changed a year later, to 1st runner up as it had been stopped sending to Miss Asia Pacific. In 2010, the 2nd runner up has started to send to Miss International. Since 2011 onwards; the names of the 3rd runner up and 4th runner up were revealed while announcing the names of the winners on the Coronation Night. In 2017, Hidden Treasure acquired Miss Universe franchise and crowned Nagma Shrestha as the 1st Miss Universe Nepal 2017.[1] Since 2018 onwards, all 4 winners are of equal position with no runner ups.[2]

Competition[edit]

Since 1994, every year women from age range of 19–25 years old compete on the national pageant of Miss Nepal. In which, 16 contestants are wisely chosen from across the country and they begin a one-month training & grooming course before the final event in which they participate in lectures, social work, photoshoots, interviews and etiquette lessons. On the coronation night, which lasts up to three hours long, all the candidates engage in an opening sequence, introduction speech (after which the top 14 semi-finalists are chosen who then compete in an interview portion with the judges), and an evening gown sequence, where the 7 finalists are chosen. This is when the final common question and answer round is held. At the end, the names of 4 winner are announced from live telecast in Nepal Television.

Tasks[edit]

  • Miss Nepal's have to represent Nepal into the respective international beauty pageants.
  • Miss Nepal gets to be a Young Conservation Ambassador for the activities of WWF Nepal[3]
  • Relevant and important charity work with Maiti Nepal & HIV & Aids Campaign.

Requirements[edit]

Requirements for selection of participants of Miss Nepal:

  • The applicant should be an unmarried female Nepalese citizen.
  • Age should be between 19–24 years.
  • Minimum academic qualification should be 10+2 or equivalent.
  • Minimum height must be 5 ft 4 inches (163 cm).
  • Applicant should possess sound health.
  • No tattoo On body.

Notable winners and contestants[edit]

Controversial contestants[edit]

  • 1998 Winner Jyoti Pradhan was dethroned when it was discovered that she had fled to the USA after she finish competed in Miss World 1998. Therefore, 1st runner-up Niru Shrestha was crowned first place.
  • 2012 Contestant Rashmita Maharjan was injured during the scooter practice, resulting her to quit the contest. She later, came back in 2014 contest and made it to Top 10 semi-finalist.
  • 2014 Contestant Mona Bajracharya's family was unhappy with her competing in the pageant which resulted with her quitting from the contest which give an odd number, from 20 to 19 contestants.
  • 2014 First Runner-up Prinsha Shrestha was the second Miss Nepal to be dethroned due to breaking the rules from her contract with Hidden Treasure by competing in Miss Eco Queens 2015 pageant. 2nd runner up Sonie Rajbhandari was then given the title of Miss Nepal Earth 2014 (1st runner up)

Winners' gallery[edit]

State titles[edit]

There is an unofficial formula to determine the states and regions represented in Nepal. The base number of contestants over the last decade has been 19–20, which can be increased or decreased by pageant's management.

Year Miss Photogenic Miss Talent Miss Catwalk Miss Personality Miss Best Smile (1994–2013);
Beauty with a Purpose (2014–present)
1994 Ruby Rana
Parsa District, Nepal
Annu Radha Pudasaini
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Ruby Rana
Parsa District, Nepal
Latika Maskey
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Beenu Shrestha
Lalitpur District, Nepal
1995 Rita Gurung
Kaski District, Nepal
Eelina Ranjit
Parsa District, Nepal
Poonam Ghimire
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Poonam Ghimire
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Trishna Kunwar
Nawalparasi District, Nepal
1996 Poonam Ghimire
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Tsering Lhamo Zunglo
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Kala Subba
Sunsari District, Nepal
Binita Gurung
Kaski District, Nepal
Shova Chand
Baitadi District, Nepal
1997 Charu Joshi
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Neelima Gurung
Kaski District, Nepal
Yogita Pradhan
Sunsari District, Nepal
Neelima Gurung
Kaski District, Nepal
Sarita Gyawali
Chitwan District, Nepal
1998 Jyoti Pradhan
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Niru Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Jyoti Pradhan
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Niru Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Kriti Shrestha
Sunsari District, Nepal
1999 Kripa Shrestha
Kaski District, Nepal
Shweta Singh
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Nikita Bhandari
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Nikita Bhandari
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Ritu Subba
Lalitpur District, Nepal
2000 Usha Khadgi
Parsa District, Nepal
Rajeswori Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Biva Maya Ranjeet
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Usha Khadghi
Parsa District, Nepal
Jasmine Shrestha
Kaski District, Nepal
2002 Pinky Shah
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Malvika Subba
Sunsari District, Nepal
Malvika Subba
Sunsari District, Nepal
Malvika Subba
Sunsari District, Nepal
Sugan Sharma
Morang District, Nepal
2003 Rupa Upadhyay
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Rupa Upadhyay
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Prerana Shah
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Prerana Shah
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Priti Sitoula
Kathmandu District, Nepal
2004 Payal Shakya
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Anita Gurung
Kaski District, Nepal
Sarah Gurung
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Suzan Gurung
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Sukriti Baskota
Kathmandu District, Nepal
2005 Mohini Rana
Syangja District, Nepal
Sugarika KC
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Sugarika KC
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Shavona Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Mohini Rana
Syangja District, Nepal
2007 Bandana Sharma
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Sabitra Shrestha
Lumbini, Nepal
Sitashma Chand
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Sitashma Chand
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Reecha Sharma
Kailali District, Nepal
2009 Aayusha Karki
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Richa Thapa Magar
Baglung District, Nepal
Zenisha Moktan
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Richa Thapa Magar
Baglung District, Nepal
Punam Thapaliya
Jhapa District, Nepal
2010 Sadichha Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Kusumanjali KC
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Sadichha Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Sadichha Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Anita Acharya
Kavre, Nepal
2011 Manisha Bista
Bhaktapur District, Nepal
Bishnu Chemjong
Taplejung District, Nepal
Malina Joshi
Sunsari District, Nepal
Namrata Dahal
Sarlahi District, Nepal
Pratibha Shrestha
Sunsari District, Nepal
2012 Akesha Bista
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Akesha Bista
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Shristi Shrestha
Cornwall, England
Neelam Chand
Kanchanpur District, Nepal
Nagma Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
2013 Shritima Shah
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Sipora Gurung
Kaski District, Nepal
Ishani Shrestha
Colorado, United States
Samikshya Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Riju Shrestha
Jhapa District, Nepal
2014 Sitoshna Ban
Chitwan District, Nepal
Prinsha Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Lakpa Tamang
Rasuwa District, Nepal
Pranayna KC
NSW, Australia
Prinsha Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
2015 Dibyata Vaidya
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Puja Shrestha
Tanahu District, Nepal
Evana Manandhar
Pennsylvania, United States
Evana Manandhar
Pennsylvania, United States
Rebika Chhetri
Lalitpur District, Nepal
2016 Asmi Shrestha
Chitwan District, Nepal
Srijana Regmi
Sankhuwasabha District, Nepal
Roshni Khatri
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Roshni Khatri
Lalitpur District, Nepal
Prativa Dawadi
Kaski District, Nepal
2017 Anusha Lamsal
Dhading District, Nepal
Narmata Gurung
Rupandehi District, Nepal
Nikita Chandak
Morang District, Nepal
Rojina Shrestha
Parsa District, Nepal
Dristi Katwal
Morang District, Nepal
2018 Mahima Singh
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Ronali Amatya
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Manita Devkota
Gorkha District, Nepal
Sayara Lama
Dhankuta District, Nepal
Priya Sigdel
Kathmandu District, Nepal
2019 Anushka Shrestha
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Pradeepta Adhikari
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Rose Lama
Kathmandu District, Nepal
Nancy Bogati
Chitwan, Nepal
Nitika Karmacharya
Kathmandu District, Nepal

Official states (20)[edit]

   

  * Denotes that state has a preliminary pageant – which may or may not still be held – as of 2014 only Biratnagar, Chitwan, Dharan, Itahari, Jhapa and Pokhara held preliminaries.

  ** Denotes that state has been represented through the Miss Purwanchal (Miss Eastern Region) preliminary. Additionally, two states, Chitwan and Pokhara hold their own individual pageants.

Official regions (5)[edit]

Biratnagar, Dharan, Itahari and Jhapa are regions of Eastern Region and are titles handed out at the Miss Purwanchal preliminary. As of 1995 [[Pokhara has its own preliminary.

Together, these 20 regions form the "base" of the Miss Nepal contest. However, at times other regions and territories have been represented. However, many times the pageant has been criticized for having lack of diversity interns of selection of candidates. Due to the reason that many girls from Kathmandu Valley are represented and are consistent in the pageant per year which resulted in the most winners from the Kathmandu Valley. However, since 2013, the pageant has decided to include more candidates from outside the Capital Valley.

International franchise titles[edit]

Miss Nepal sends delegates to participate in the Big Four international beauty pageants including 2 minor international pageants. Note that the year designates the time Nepal has acquired that particular pageant franchise.