Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant is an annual national beauty contest for women in Nepal. It was first organized by ‘Kathmandu Jaycees’ in 1994. Since then, Miss Nepal Pageant has been organized every year to find talented, intelligent, well-mannered, and cultured women across the country.
Miss Nepal’s objective is to wisely choose a woman with beauty, brain, confidence, positive mind, and the capability to represent Nepal at the global stage.
A Miss Nepal winner must also possess interests in empowering women, engaging in social activities, and promoting issues related to women.
Kathmandu Jaycees is a ‘Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs’ and was established in 1970. On the occasion of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, the Kathmandu Jaycees organized the first Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant on September 9, 1994.
In 1995, to give the Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant a more professional approach, the Kathmandu Jaycees established The Hidden Treasure (THT), which now annually organizes Miss Nepal Pageants. The Hidden Treasure holds the franchise for the Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth, and Miss Asia Pacific World pageants.
The eligibility criteria for participation in Miss Nepal is as follows:
Among all the applicants from across the country, the Miss Nepal organizers wisely choose 25 contestants for one-month training and grooming course. During the training, the Miss Nepal contestants will participate in lectures, social activities, photoshoots, interviews, and etiquette lessons.
On the coronation day, all the 25 candidates will contest in an opening sequence and introduction speech, after which the organizers select the top 14 semi-finalists. These semi-finalists then compete in an interview with the judges and in an evening gown sequence, where the top 7 finalists are selected.
The top-7 finalists will then participate in the final common question/answer round. The organizers will select four winners from the top-7 finalists. The Miss Nepal winners will be titled Miss Nepal World, Miss Nepal Universe, Miss Nepal Earth, and Miss Nepal International.
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Miss Nepal World will represent Nepal at the Miss World Beauty Pageant, Miss Nepal Universe at Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, Miss Nepal Earth at Miss Earth Beauty Pageant, and Miss Nepal International at Miss International Beauty Pageant.
Here is the list of titleholders of Miss Nepal Beauty Pageants from 1994 to date:
Namrata Shrestha is the winner of the ‘Miss Nepal 2020’ title. In the pageant, the 23-year-old Kathmandu-based model also won the subtitles, Brij Cement Miss Confident 2020’ and ‘The Kathmandu Post Miss Intellectual 2020’.
As the Miss Nepal World 2020 titleholder, Namrata will represent Nepal at the upcoming ‘Miss World 2021’ beauty pageant in China.
Anushka Shrestha is the titleholder of the Miss Nepal 2019. In the pageant, she also won subtitles, Miss Intellectual and Miss Yamaha Fascino. Anushka represented Nepal at Miss World 2019 Beauty Pageant and won Beauty with a Purpose, the Multimedia Award, and Head-to-Head Challenge.
Shrinkhala Khatiwada is a Hetauda-based beauty who won Miss Nepal title in 2018. She became the first Miss Nepal from Hetauda. Shrinkhala represented Nepal at the Miss World 2018 pageant and became the second Nepali to bag Beauty with a Purpose Award. She also secured a place in the Top 12 of Miss World 2018.
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Nikita Chandak is the winner of the Miss Nepal 2017 title. In the pageant, she also won the Miss Popular Choice and Miss Confidence awards. Chandak represented Nepal at the Miss World 2017 in China. She was the first Miss Nepal to secure a place in the Top Model competition, where she stood in the Top 30. She also reached Top 10 in the People’s Choice Award and Top 20 in Beauty with a Purpose Award. The beauty also won the 2nd runner-up title in the Multimedia category and Head to Head Challenge from Group-3.
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Asmi Shrestha is the title winner of the Miss Nepal 2016 Beauty Pageant and represented Nepal at the Miss World 2016 Pageant. The beauty also won Miss Nepal subtitles, Best Evening Gown, Miss Photogenic, and Miss Personality. Shrestha stood in the Top 5 in the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ category at Miss World 2016. Before Miss Nepal title, she also won the Face of Classical Diamond Jewelers award in 2014.
Evana Manandhar is the winner of the Miss Nepal title in 2015. The Kathmandu-based beauty represented Nepal in Miss World 2015. She is a well-known model, media personality, businesswoman, and social activist.
Subin Limbu represented Dharna in Miss Nepal 2014 and won the title Miss Nepal World 2014. She is the third Miss Nepal from Dharna. Subin represented Nepal in Miss World 2014.
Ishani Shrestha is a Kathmandu-based model who won the Miss Nepal 2013 title. In the pageant, she also bagged the subtitle, Miss Catwalk. Ishani also represented Nepal in Miss World 2013, where she made history by securing a position in the top 10 finalists and winning the Beauty with a Purpose title. She was also the second runner-up for the Multimedia title in Miss World 2013.
Shristi Shrestha is a Chitwan-based model who won Miss Nepal title in 2012. In the same pageant, she also won the Miss Confidence title. Shristi is the first Miss Nepali to reach the quarter-finals of the Miss World 2012, where she stood at 20th position. She also won the ‘Public Choice Award’, achieved 8th position in ‘Beach Beauty,’ stood in Top 10 for the Multimedia Award, and was among the Top 10 Dancers during the Miss World 2012 pageant.
Malina Joshi is a professional model who went on to win the Miss Nepal 2011 title. The Dharan-based beauty represented Nepal in Miss World 2011 in London, where she stood in top-30 for Beauty with a Purpose title. In 2013, Malina participated in the Miss Supertalent of the World and stood as a top 7 finalist.
Sadichha Shrestha is the titleholder of Miss Nepal 2010. The Kathmandu Beauty also bagged the titles ‘Miss Photogenic,’ ‘Miss Best Walk,’ and ‘Miss Best Personality,’ becoming the first contestant to win the highest number of subtitles in Miss Nepal. Shrestha also represented Nepal in Miss World 2010 in October 2010.
Zenisha Moktan was the title winner of Miss Nepal in 2009. The Nepalese beauty is from Kathmandu and currently the Director of DM foundation. Zenisha married Dikesh Malhotra, President and CEO of IMS Group.
Nepali beauty queen and professional model Sitashma Chand bagged the title of Miss Nepal 2007. The Lalitpur-based beauty represented Nepal in Miss World Beauty Pageant held on December 1, 2007.
Sugarika KC is a famous television and radio host who went on to bag the Miss Nepal title in 2005. She represented Lalitpur at the 2005 Miss Nepal pageant. Sugarika has pursued a degree in environmental science.
Payal Shakya, a Kathmandu-based model, bagged the Miss Nepal 2004 title. The beauty was associated with the Nepal Cancer Relief Society (NCRS) and later moved to Australia.
Priti Sitaula won the Miss Nepal 2003 title and represented Nepal at the Miss World 2003 pageant held on December 6, 2003 in China. Later, she continued her career as a beauty counselor and trainer.
Malvika Subba is a famous model and glamour queen who became the titleholder of Miss Nepal 2002. Dharan-based beauty is also an actress, social activist, television personality, and entrepreneur.
Usha Khadgi is the title winner of Miss Nepal 2000. She was also the first runner-up of Miss Pokhara 1999 and the first runner-up of Miss Birgunj 2000. Usha became the second beauty from Birgunj to win the Miss Nepal title after Ruby Rana.
Shweta Singh is a Kathmandu-based model who won the title of Miss Nepal in 1999. The beauty is currently working as the CEO of The Hidden Treasure (THT), the organizer of Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant. Shweta pursued her graduation in Psychology with Human Behaviour and Organisational Behaviour from Loreto Convent College, Lucknow.
Niru Shrestha is the title winner of the Miss Nepal 1998. Initially, Niru Shrestha was the first runner-up in the 1998 beauty pageant, and Jyothi Pradhan was the winner. But Jyothi Pradhan was dethroned when it was discovered that she had fled to the US after she competed in Miss World 1998 without completing her duties and responsibilities. So, Niru Shrestha was declared as Miss Nepal 1998.
Jharna Bajracharya is the Miss Nepal title holder of the year 1997. The beauty from Kathmandu is a talented actress, painter, and model. Bajracharya has acted in several music videos, advertisements, and some Nepali and Hindi Films.
Neelima Gurung is a Pokhara-based model who went on to win the most prestigious Miss Nepal 1997 title. In this pageant, she also won the ‘Miss Personality’ title. She represented Pokhara District for the first time in Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant.
Poonam Ghimire is a Kathmandu-based beauty who won the Miss Nepal title in 1996. Later, she settled in the USA and been actively associated with some Nepali communities.
Sumi Khadka is the titleholder of the 2nd Miss Nepal, 1995. She comes from Kathmandu, where she worked as a flight attendant. The beauty also worked in several Nepali movies, including Samarpan, Superstar, Grahan, and Ek Najar.
Ruby Rana is the first Nepali beauty to win the Miss Nepal Title in 1994. She also bagged the title of Miss Birgunj in the same year. She is the judge of Mega Model Season I and the spin-off of America’s Next Top Model.
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