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Miss Nepal: Dark Truths Exposed by Samriddhi Rai

A back and forth battle has ensued between a former Miss Nepal contestant, Samriddhi Rai and The Hidden Treasure, company behind Miss Nepal.

Rai’s bold and blunt statements regarding the prevalence of unethical practices in Miss Nepal has sparked a controversy.

The 2010 Miss Nepal contestant, Samriddhi Rai, has given us a sneak peek into the grim reality of beauty pageants concealed behind all the razzmatazz. Here are the top 4 things she’s revealed about Miss Nepal:

The criteria for winning and partaking in beauty pageants have always been on the basis of looks and outer beauty. Any competition that proclaims its winner on the merits of someone’s height, figure and looks is in itself morally wrong. Not only do these pageants set unrealistically high standards of beauty for men and women, they are also detrimental to self-esteem of anyone who does not meet the set standards.

This is the reason why other pageants need to learn from Miss Earth. They have this pre-judging phase which is called “beauty of face & poise” where girls are to present themselves with their natural beauty.

2. Being Liked By Organizers Matter 

As per Rai, Gopal Kakshapati, the Chairman for Miss Nepal, admitted to having denied Rai a spot in top three just because he didn’t like her.  She then goes on to share how devastating it can be for girls coming from small families, carrying big dreams to be shunned off just because a particular organizer doesn’t like them.

3. Beauty Pageants Aren’t Free From Nepotisms

Rai also accuses Miss Nepal to be yet another industry where nepotism and favoritism are still prevalent. She shares that coming from influential families play a substantial role in winning the crown. However, Rai also clarifies that some years of Miss Nepal are fair while others succumb to predilections.

4. It’s All Showbiz Façade That Sells Fake Dreams

Miss Nepal essentially sells a dream to young women – a dream of success and accomplishment that can be fulfilled if you look pretty, talk pretty and walk pretty. After being captivated by this dream for years, Rai woke up to see the façade for what it really is, a platform where rich businessmen and women make money out of young women, their products. Having lived within and without the glamorous world of beauty pageants, Rai departs words of wisdom for young women. “You don’t need beauty pageants for empowerment; education is your real empowerment. And you certainly don’t need a bunch of businessmen telling you your worth.”

And Rai didn’t hold back either. Here’s a sassy response posted by Rai in retaliation. 

Where do you stand on the issue? Is Miss Nepal really just a façade? Or does it really empower women? Do let us know in the comment section. 

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