Of all the beauties that Nepal has, it was Ishani Shrestha who was crowned Fanta the Hidden Treasure Miss Nepal 2013 on March 20 amid a glittering grand finale of the beauty pageant organized at Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi.
Ishani, a student of dentistry, has interests in dance art and travel. had won the crown owing to her love for joint family and the tradition it is attached to.
Former Chief Secretary Tirtha Man Shakya, who was Chief Judge of the event, question to the top five beauties was the deciding one. He had asked them to elaborate on their preferences between “nuclear family or joint family”
Shrestha won the hearts of the judges and the audience with her answer, “I prefer joint family. Growing up in a joint family has taught me to be a people’s person. It has taught me to use my lips for kindness, my vision for passion, my ears for help, hands for charity and heart for love. My joint family has taught me great morals and values that I will hold for the rest of my life. It has made me become the strong, reliable, humble, helpful and independent woman that I am today. That is why I prefer joint family.”
During the grand finale, she was graceful, elegant and walked with confidence. After the win, the 21 year old beauty from Naxal, Kathmadu, was “happy and speechless”. She expressed that it was her hard work and belief that won her the coveted crown. She was in tears. There was uncertainty regarding the final winner but it was predictable after the last question and answer round. And Palita Thapa from the audience agreed on the final choice.
“She was beautiful and the height is in accordance to the international level. And her last answer was great,” she points out.
I am beyond happy. Thank you for getting me here. My hard work and determination has paid off,” said an emotional Shrestha right after being crowned.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Dreamer, determined, resilient, content, humble, a leader, devotional, loving, organized and silly and sometimes funny.
Favorite Miss Universe or Miss World : My favorite Miss Universe is Lara Dutta for elegance and beauty she carries alongside her intellect. She was very pleasant and calm on stage; her presence was very noticeable then.
Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra is the best for she is bold and beautiful. She is determined, hard working and confident in what she believes in
Personality that you resemble in terms of character: I believe that I am composed of different elements. I resemble Oprah Winfrey for her power to raise awareness about the current situation of the world.
Likewise, I resemble Anuradha Koirala for she is selfless, loving and nurturing. Charlie Chaplin for his ability to please people with his humor and also my parents for they have given me the ability to live, learn and laugh.
If I win the crown… : I want to commit myself to people, environment, nation and the world. I would mostly focus on empowering the deprived children and women by raising awareness. I would make people aware about their importance. This way I would make the country and the world a safer and stronger place to live. I would also break down the barriers of racism, gender inequality and religion created by humankind.
Along with the crown, Shrestha was awarded a cash prize of Rs 50, 000. She will represent Nepal in the upcoming Miss World Pageant.
Meanwhile, Shritima Shah was titled Miss Nepal International 2013 and Rojisha Shahi was crowned Miss Nepal Earth 2013 at the event. Shahi received a cash prize of Rs 35,000, while Shah received Rs 25,000
The event started on time with the introduction round. The girls took to the stage all looking fabulous in gowns and traditional wear. And they were judged by Miss Nepal 2011 Malina Joshi, Managing Director of Bottlers Nepal Salman Latif Rawn, Director of Public Relations and Publicity Department of Nepal Tourism Board Aditya Baral, Dr Aarati Shah among others.
Winners of other categories:
Miss Photogenic: Shritisma Shah
Miss Best Walk: Ishani Shrestha
Miss Punctuality: Meghna Shrestha
Miss Talent: Sipora Gurung
Miss Personality: Shamikshya Shrestha
Miss Bubbly: Asmita Sitaula
Miss Beautiful: Riju Shrestha