Miss Nepal is a beauty pageant organized by the Kathmandu Jaycees in the year 1994. It is a platform where young ladies of age 19 to 25 compete. The winner gets an opportunity to represent the nation in international platform. Until now, Miss Nepal pageant has already completed 22 years since its start.
List of Miss Nepal from 1994 to 2016
Before 1994, Nepal did not compete in beauty pageants in the international platform.
The beautiful ladies of the country as participants were able to showcase their talent and represent Nepal only after 1994. It was from then Nepal entered into the international platform in beauty pageants.
The winner of Miss Nepal was sent to the Miss Asia Pacific contest till 1997. From 1998 onwards, it changed to Miss World platform. From 1997- 2004, the first runner up was sent to Miss Asia Pacific. However from the year 2005, the first runner was sent to Miss Earth pageant. From 2010 onwards, the second runner up also got a chance to represent the nation by participating in Miss International pageant.
Below is the complete list of all Miss Nepal winners from 1994 till now.
|Year||Miss Nepal title holders|
|1997||Neelima Gurung (Miss Nepal)
Jharana Bajracharya (Miss World Nepal)
*See notes below.
|2001||Pageant not held due to Royal Massacre|
|2006||Pageant not held due to Feminist Movement|
|2008||Pageant not held due to protest against Miss Nepal contest|
Note: In the year 1997, Kathmandu Jaycees and Hidden Treasure organized two different pageants named Kathmandu Jaycees Miss Nepal (Neelima Gurung) and Hidden Treasure Miss World Nepal (Jharana Bajracharya).
22 Years of Miss Nepal
In the year 2016, Miss Nepal pageant completed its 22 years. During this interval, the pageant helped the Nepalese beauties to showcase their talent with confidence in front of huge mass. The platform basically seeks for a woman who is beautiful not only from face but also from her heart and soul.
People had misconception that beauty pageants are all about ramp walk and flaunting the figure. Rather than as a platform for a woman to emerge, many people considered the pageant to be disgraceful. Due to the particular reason, protests took place and the competition was even cancelled.
Later, people realized that beauty pageant was much more than just a fashion show. Proving the misconception wrong was a tough job but gradually people started accepting and appreciating Miss Nepal pageant.
Miss Nepal has been praised as well as criticized but above all it has been able to polish the talented young women by giving them a golden opportunity.