HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: September 22 was a historic day for the Limbu community of Nepal and outside as they got their First Miss Limbu. Outnumbering 27 participants, Nilima Maden became the first Miss Limbu after she took the title of Spark Miss Limbu 2012 at an event held at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi. Following Maden, Dr Alisha Wanem took the first runner-up title while Alina Thalang was judged the second runner-up.
In the last question and answer round, the top seven finalists were asked to give their opinion on “Love makes life prosperous at the same time it destroys your life. Do you agree with this?” to which Maden answered, “Love makes life blissful but also destroys it because love evolves in selflessness. Love is the essence of purity, innocence and commitment, it inspires to spread love and motivates to stay alive without selfishness. So, I believe purity prepares my soul for love and love chooses my soul in purity.”
As the winner, Maden won Rs 50,000 while Wanem won Rs 25,000 and Thalang took home Rs 15,000. There were other prizes as well for the three main winners along with trophies and crowns.
Organised by Yakthung Youth Association, the pageant was judged by actor Rajesh Hamal, choreographer Jayan Subba, Academician Amar Tumyang, former Tourism Minister Yankila Sherpa, among others.
The pageant began with an introduction round where the participants showcased their culture, language and capabilities. Then the competition came out to Top 15 from which the Top 7 finalists were chosen. The audience also got to witness fashion, dances and song performances in the competition.
With the announcement of the winner, central member of the organising team Deo Kumar Limbu expressed, “I am relieved now. We were under so much pressure.” As per him, Miss Limbu was dreamt 12 years ago. Now it has materialised “to give platform and identity to our women”.
“What could be better than Miss Limbu when we have our culture, language, tradition, dress to showcase?” asked Limbu.