|Aspiring Miss Nepals face Round 1|
KATHMANDU: The search for the next Miss Nepal began in earnest on April 1 at The Hidden Treasure, Kupondole. It began with the short-listing of applicants, who will be competing for the title of Pashupati Paints Luxuria The Hidden Treasure Miss Nepal 2012.
Fourty applicants were called in for the interview on Sunday.
The judges for the interview were — former Miss Nepals Usha Khadgi, Shweta Singh and Sahana Bajracharya, Chairperson of The Hidden Treasure Gopal Sundar Lal Kakshapati, cheorographer Rachana Gurung Sharma, Mangaing Director of The Hidden Treasure Girendra Man Rajbansi, along with
Subarna Chhetri, advisor of The Hidden Treasure. The applicants were judged on their
personality, confidence, presence of mind and looks, among other aspects.
Young girls aspiring to be the next Miss Nepal went in for the interview one after the other. Keeping their nervousness in check, they faced one of the most important interviews of their life.
“I was excited as well as nervous,” expressed 19-year-old Akesha Bista after her interview. With her confidence and performance, she is 100 per cent sure that she will be selected and will ultimately be Miss Nepal as well.
Winning the pageant for her means “power”. She believes the win will provide her the power to carry on her social service alongside carving an identity for herself. With the likes of Bista’s confidence, Chhetri claims that the quality of participants has gone up as “most of them are confident, well informed, prepared and have a good presence of mind”.
Chhetri also added, “I am quite excited and pretty happy with the turnout.”
The names of the shortlisted candidates will be declared on April 2 and the training for the shortlisted candidates will commence from April 3.
Annapurna Post is the official print media partner and THT Live is the official voting partner. The grand finale will take place on May 6 at Hotel de l’Annapurna.