Miss Nepal controversies, history of Miss Nepal beauty contest

April 7, 2015 UPDATE – The Miss Nepal Erath 2015 crown was taken away from Prinsha Shrestha and handed over to the second runner up, Sonie Rajbhandari.

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This year’s Miss Nepal, Miss Nepal 2014, is going to be held on May 2, 2014. There is a good deal of speculation on who will be the next Miss Nepal and people are eagerly waiting for the event.

We at xNepali are also full of Miss Nepal and here we have compiled some of the scandals in the history of Miss Nepal.

Crown stripped off

Miss Nepal 1998 winner, Jyoti Pradhan, lost her crown when she didn’t return back after representing Nepal in the Miss World 1998 contest held in Seychelles.

Rumors has it that the 5 feet 8 inches tall dusky beauty from Kathmandu moved to the US with her boyfriend. Miss Nepal organizer Hidden Treasure accused Jyoti of failing to fulfill the duty of a Miss Nepal and awarded the Miss Nepal crown to the first runner up, Niru Shrestha. Nothing much is known about Jyoti Pradhan these days.

Niru Shrestha is the official Miss Nepal 1998.

miss nepal 1998 jyoti pradhan niru shrestha

Booing … unexpected winners

There are always heartbreaks and dissatisfactions. There were a couple of instances when the majority of the audience wasn’t happy on the selection of the winners.

  • In 2005, the crowning of Sugarika KC as the Miss Nepal winner, the audience wasn’t happy on the selection of the judges. Miss KC wasn’t one the favorite contestants among the audience. The favorite, Shavona Shrestha, was declared the first runner up.
  • In 2011, the history repeated. Miss Nepal 2011 Malina Joshi wasn’t the one the crowd wanted to be crowned. She didn’t look beautiful enough. It’s a different story about her complete transformation after winning the crown. The crowd had expected the first runner up, Anupama Gurung, to win the crown.

malina joshimiss nepal 2005 sugarika kc

Miss Nepal 1997

Popular actress and model Jharana Bajracharya is also known as the Miss Nepal 1997. Officially, Miss Nepal is Nilima Gurung. Both of these facts are true as two Miss Nepal beauty contests were held that year.

miss nepal 1997 nilima gurung and jharana bajrachayr

Kathmandu Jaycees, the organization that started Miss Nepal beauty contest held Miss Nepal and selected Nilima the Miss Nepal. Hidden Treasure, the associate of Kathmandu Jaycees in previous Miss Nepal, organized it’s own version of Miss Nepal by name Miss Nepal World and selected Jharana.

So, it is true that both of them were Miss Nepal of that year. Nilima Gurung of Pokhara became a fitness instructor and is the proprietor of a fitness center. Jharna Bajracharya, Miss Nepal World, is a model and actress.

Protest and Cancellations

Miss Nepal 2001 was canceled due to the tragic loss of the whole Nepali Royal Family in the Nepalese Royal Massacre.

Ever since the beauty contest started, some feminist groups had been protesting the event. The group had always tried to stop the contest accusing the organizers for objectifying women and using them as a commercial product. The group became successful in their attempt to stop the contest in 2008. When the reigning government refused to support the beauty contest and provide security at the venue, the organizers had to cancel it at the last minute. Some of the Miss Nepal 2008 contestants also contested in the 2009 edition of the contest. One of the Miss Nepal 2008 contestant, Jenisha Moktan, ended up winning the Miss Nepal 2009 title.

A video summary of the Miss Nepal scandals is attached below:

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