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Dharamshala — Miss Tibet 2014, Tenzin Yangzom Palkhang from Gangtok, Sikkim, represented Tibet at Manappuram Miss Asia contest held in Cochin, Kerala, from 12th to 18th August, 2015.

Participants from 13 Asian countries, including Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bhutan, China, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Turkmenistan, the UAE and Uzbekistan will participate in the event.

The pageant consisted of three rounds- National Costume, Black Cocktail and White Gown. Though the bikini round was cancelled, there were various sub-categories. These include Miss Best National Costume, Miss Beautiful Miss Hair, Beautiful Smile, Miss Beautiful Skin, Miss Beautiful Eyes, Miss Congeniality, Miss Personality, Miss Catwalk, Miss Perfect-10, Miss Talent, Miss Viewers Choice and Miss Photogenic.

Yangzom was selected top 6 among the finalists. She won "Miss Viewer's Choice Award" for highest votes from the public smile emoticon.

Representing Tibet as a country at an international pageant, Yangzom walked the ramp in traditional Tibetan dress and carried Tibetan national flag.

"I made it to the top 6 among the finalists and ranked 4th in the over-all scores," she said, adding "It was indeed an honor and privilege to represent Tibet on an international pageant."

Taking the opportunity, Miss Yangzom thanked all her family, friends, supporters and well wishers. "Your encouragement and support is highly appreciated. I feel truly blessed and overwhelmed."

After receiving a B.Ed. degree from Christ University, Bangalore, South India, Yangzom is currently teaching at Palkhang Academy, Gangtok, Sikkim.

The grooming sessions for participants that started on 12 August in Kochi and Alappuzha were led by Mrs Asia International Valentina Ravi, fashion choreographers Arun Ratna and Samir Khan.

In the event marked by grandeur, Kanika Kapur, who represented India, was crowned the Miss Asia 2015. The winner was awarded a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, while the first runner-up received Rs 2 lakh and second runner-up got Rs 1 lakh.

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