It’s that time of the year again when Nepal gets its new queens — the new beauty queens.
The competition is now on.
The 23rd edition of the Miss Nepal pageant started earlier this year when the organization, The Hidden Treasure (THT), announced the registration for the participants. The auditions were then held in Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj, Butwal, Pokhara, Dharan, Birgunj, Chitwan, Birtamode and Kathmandu from where a total of 25 contestants have been selected — who are currently going through various training sessions.
It will be the very first time when the Miss Nepal contestants would be competing for the title of Miss Universe Nepal as it was Nagma Shrestha who was handpicked by THT to represent Nepal in the Miss Universe pageant for the first time in Las Vegas last year. Apart from the Miss Universe Nepal title; there will be the Miss Nepal World, Miss Nepal Earth and Miss Nepal International titles as well, like in previous years.
The grand finale of Miss Nepal will take place in Kathmandu on April 11th where Nagma Shrestha, Nikita Chandak, Rojina Shrestha and Niti Shah will crown their successors.
Take a look at all the 25 contestants vying for the crowns this year.
Contestant#1: Mahima Singh
Mahima Singh is from Kathmandu. The 22-year-old is a BBA graduate who also has modeling experiences.
Contestant#2: Ronali Amatya
Ronali Amatya is a model with a good pageant experience. She already has represented Nepal in an international pageant, Miss Eco International 2017 in Egypt. She had won the Model Hunt Nepal competition in 2016. The 22-year-old business graduate from Kathmandu is also the Goodwill Ambassador of Lions Club Himchuli.
Contestant#3: Kashya Adhikari
23-year-old Kashya Adhikari is representing Birgunj. She had competed in the Angel 2010 pageant where she stood second runner-up. The BBA graduate works as a VJ for Ramailo Television. She is also the Director of Children and Women Empowerment Committee in Leo Club Durbarmarg.
Contestant#4: Anupama Bastola
Anupama Bastola is 21 and she represents Biratnagar. She had won the title of Miss Leo 2015. The Mass Communication graduate runs an organization called Hami Yuwa, along with a boutique. She also works as a radio jockey.
Contestant#5: Sandhya Adhikari
23-year-old Sandhya Adhikari is from Chitwan. She recently completed her Bachelors in Dental Surgery.
Contestant#6: Sharvani Pandey
Sharvani Pandey is a professional dancer who has also done some modeling projects. The 21-year-old from Kathmandu is a graduate in English Literature and Political Science.
Contestant#7: Susmita Sapkota
Susmita Sapkota, 23, is representing Chitwan.
Contestant#8: Priya Sigdel
Priya Sigdel is 23, representing Kathmandu. The Development Studies graduate is an activist who has been working for women empowerment and menstrual hygiene management. She has represented Nepal at various summits and conventions including Global Changemaker Youth Summit 2017 in Zurich and Bangladesh-Nepal Youth Convention 2017 in Dhaka.
Contestant#9: Shikshya Sangroula
Shikshya Sangroula is a model, a television presenter and a voice-over artist. She is representing Biratnagar. She had won the title of Liril Fresh Face Season 2; and was also among the Top 10 faces of Classic Diamond 2017. She is a BBA graduate from Kathmandu University.
Contestant#10: Manita Devkota
Manita Devkota is representing Gorkha. She is 22.
Contestant#11: Anashrut Pant
Anashrut Pant is an undergraduate business management student. The 22-year-old is representing Kathmandu.
Contestant#12: Jyotsna Chhetri
Currently working in Syndey as a registered nurse, Jyotsna is originally from Pokhara. The 24-year-old had completed Bachelor in Nursing from Western Sydney University. She had participated in International Earth Science Olympia in 2011.
Contestant#13: Laxmi Pant
22-year-old Laxmi Pant is representing Mahendranagar. She is a BBA graduate.
Contestant#14: Suvekshya Shrestha
Suvekshya Shrestha is representing Dang. She had bagged the 2nd runner up position in Miss Teen Nepal in 2013. She has a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy from Kathmandu University.
Contestant#15: Laxmi Poudel
22-year-old Laxmi Poudel is a model who is representing Rupandehi. She is a Business Studies graduate.
Contestant#16: Aastha Saakha
22-year-old- Aastha Saakha is from Bhaktapur. She has previously competed in pageants like Miss Teen and Face of House of Fashion. She is a BBA Graduate.
Contestant#17: Mamta Joshi
Mamta Joshi is the winner of Miss Pokhara 2017 pageant. The 20-year-old is a staff nurse by profession.
Contestant#18: Sayara Lama
Sayara Lama, 22, is an undergraduate BBA student. She is representing Dhankuta.
Contestant#19: Ashma Dhungana
21-year-old Ashma Dhungana is a BBA student in Kathmandu University. She is representing Kathmandu.
Contestant#20: Megha Shrestha
23-year-old Megha Shrestha, who has been living in Japan since she was eight, is originally from Kathmandu. The graduate from Kansai Gaikokugo University had received the Miss University 2016 title. She has been doing a number of modeling projects in Japan.
Contestant#21: Shristi Karki
Shristi Karki is an actress. Her debut film ‘America Boys’ is scheduled to release in May this year. She was also seen in the video of ‘Abala’ song in Gangster Blues film. The 21-year-old had finished her air-hostess training in Spain, and she is currently studying Bachelor in Mass Communication and Journalism. She represents Bhaktapur.
Contestant#22: Alisha Adhikari
Alisha Adhikari is a 21-year-old participant representing Jhapa. The undergraduate student had earlier participated in Miss Mechi 2016 where she was one of the five finalists.
Contestant#23: Alisha Budhathoki
Alisha Budhathoki is an IT student who is representing Bhaktapur.
Contestant#24: Anjila Mahat
Anjila Mahat is a Brisbane-based registered nurse. The 22-year-old is representing Kathmandu.
Contestant#25 Shrinkhala Khatiwada
22-year-old Shrinkhala Khatiwada is an architect. She is representing Hetauda.
Four among these 25 participants will be representing Nepal in prestigious BIG 4 international pageants – Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International – later this year.
Your vote will send one of the participants directly to the semi finals. In order to vote; you will need to type MN<space>Contestant Number and send the text to 33001. The SMS voting is only available in Nepal. However, you can vote for your favorite participant through N-Mag app from any corner of the world. You will just need to download the app from the App Store or Play Store.