Gangtok, 12 Feb:
Screening for the prestigious national beauty pageant Miss India 2018 zonal round was held at Burp Restaurant in Gangtok on 03 Feb. Project Head, Times of India, Bennet Nathan, had come to Gangtok to conduct a screening session.
Sixteen girls, comprising of contestants and title holders of the Miss Sikkim contest of the previous years, participated in the screening session. Out of 16, six have been selected for the zonal round to be held in Guwahati on 11 Mar and only one will be selected to represent Sikkim in the Miss India 2018 finale to be held later this year.
The selected contestants are Raksha Shanker from Gangtok [2nd Runners-up, Miss Sikkim 2017], Parmila Chettri from Sang Khola [Finalist, Miss Sikkim 2017], Shabnam Sherpa from Namchi [Finalist, Miss Sikkim 2017], Maheshwori Khatiwora from Central Pendam [Finalist, Miss Sikkim 2017], Karishma Niroula from Khamdong [Finalist, Miss Sikkim 2016] and Pempa Doma Bhutia from Gangtok [Finalist, Miss Sikkim 2015].
The screening was conducted in the capital by the event management firm ‘Positude’ which has been holding the annual beauty pageant Miss Sikkim since 2014. Positude has also been officially associated with the Times of India group/Miss India Organisation since 2016 and has been selecting and sending girls from Sikkim for the prestigious Miss India pageant.
Speaking to SummitTimes, Chief Executive Officer, Positude, Gyurmila Bhutia, has expressed happiness over the selection of six girls from Sikkim for the Miss India 2018 zonal round.
“There are many talented girls in Sikkim yet only a few opt for venturing into fashion and modeling industry because of the limited platform or space in Sikkim. Positude, since it started organising Miss Sikkim, has always been positive about sending our girls to various national beauty pageants. After we officially got associated with the Times Group we have been sending our girls to Miss India and have provided our girls the prestigious platform to rise and shine and prove their potential. We are glad that even this year we are sending our girls for the same,” said Ms Bhutia.
It may be mentioned here, Miss Sikkim 2017, Peden Ongmu Namgyal, went on to bag the prestigious title of Miss India Diva Supranational 2017.