Kathmandu: A 23-year-old Nepali girl of Indian-origin has become the latest beauty queen of the country and will represent the Indian community in Nepal at the finale to be held in Durban on March 27.
Vatsala Sharma, 23, was crowned Miss India Worldwide Nepal 2010 and also bagged Miss Beautiful Skin here on Saturday.
The event, organised in by Nepalese Council, was also aimed at promoting Indo-Nepal relations and support charity for children.
The 5 ft 6 inch beauty, born in India and holds Business Studies degree from Pilani in Rajasthan, was chosen among 12 Nepali contestants -- all of Indian origin.
"Vatsala is very talented and confident girl, she will definitely promote Nepal in international arena," said Baba Sarkar, one of the judges.
Aiman Khan, 19, was declared the first runner-up, while Mangolika Chakravarty, 23, became the second runner-up.
Chakravarty also bagged Miss Friendship and Miss Talent. Aiman is a student and Chakravarty is a radio jockey.
Another contestant Anjali Dutta bagged Miss Beautiful Hair while Shagun Baluda was crowned as Miss Photogenic.
A total of 46 girls of Indian-origin aged between 18 and 27, applied for the pageant but only 12 were selected. They opened the show and walked down the ramp with flags of Nepal and India in their hands.
The event also showcased Charya dance in Bajrapali, Bhojpuri dance, Bharatnatyam, Newari dance and some modern dances.
Vatsala will also promote tourism for Nepal during her tour to South Africa contesting 30 participants from across the world at the Miss India Worldwide pageant, now in its 19th year and a brainchild of the Indian Festival Council in New York.
Story First Published: March 07, 2010 19:53 IST