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Tibet will be free, say beauty queens

June 9, 2010

Anand Bodh, TNN, Jun 2, 2010, 04.14am IST

CHANDIGARH: Tenzin Choezom, 21, grew up idolizing Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen. Tenzin - crowned Miss Tibet 2009 - may not be able to contest at an international level like her idols did, but she has a dream - that one day Tibet will be independent and then someone would walk the ramp of Miss World or Miss Universe as representative of free Tibet.

Tenzin, who has starred in a Tibetan movie - ?One Day? - wants to work for the Tibetan freedom movement.

?After winning Miss Tibet 2009 contest, my responsibility has increased. Now besides struggling for my career, I have to work for the freedom of Tibet by creating awareness on every given platform,? she says, as yet another Miss Tibet contest is set to start at McLeodganj from June 4.

Describing herself as a girl next door, Tenzin says: ?It is not easy to hope that Chinese occupation of Tibet would end, but at least we can dream that this would happen one day.?

Like her, Dolma Tsering the first Miss Tibet, crowned in 2002, is working for the Tibetan cause apart from pursuing her career in music. Currently based in Delhi, Dolma holds 5-6 music concerts in a year during which she does not miss the opportunity of highlighting the Tibet issue.

?During 2006-07, I held concerts in the US and other foreign countries where I raised the Tibet issue. We know freedom is not easy, but we are making our contribution as the objective of the Miss Tibet contest is to highlight the issue in international fora,? she said.

She said after winning the crown her personal life has not changed much but she has started focusing more on Tibet issue.

Concerned about very few girls participation in the contest, Dolma said that Tibetan society is still conservative. She hopes that in the coming times, more girls would step forward to participate in the contest.

?For us Miss World and Miss Universe are not the final destination, our ultimate goal is freedom of our motherland called Tibet,? she says.
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