Tsering Chungtak, 21, a student from Delhi University, was just crowned Miss Tibet 2006.
As with any pageant, there was drama: 11 people applied but only 6 came, the contest irritated the Chinese, who thought the contest promoted a "splittist" agenda, as well as the conservative Tibetan Buddhists, who thought the contest was "un-Tibetan" and "aping Western culture."
One of the contestants, Metok Lhazey, had come a long way:
Finally, another contestant, Pema Chodon, was forced to withdraw when she was discovered to be a commando in a covert mountain warfare unit of the Indian army!
Ah, just like a soap opera: Miss Tibet