Miss Bhutan

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Miss Bhutan Organization
Formation2008; 15 years ago (2008)
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Earth (2008)
Miss Universe (2022-present)
Official language
Dzongkha, English
Founder & Owner
Karma Tshering

The Miss Bhutan is a national beauty pageant based in Bhutan.[1][2] Since 2022, the winner will compete at Miss Universe pageant.[3]

The first winner of Miss Bhutan, Tsokye Tsomo Karchung, participated in Miss Earth 2008 beauty pageant, an annual international beauty contest promoting environmental awareness.[4][5][6]


The Miss Bhutan is organized and produced by MPC Bhutan Entertainment, a film production company based in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On October 10, 2008, MPC Bhutan entertainment organized Miss Bhutan pageant and launched it first Miss Bhutan beauty pageant.[6] The Founding President of Miss Bhutan Pageant is Karma Tshering.[7][8]

The selection of the Miss Bhutan finalists and eventually the winner of the pageant is based on the decision of a panel of judges on the performance and physical attributes of the candidates and not by public voting system. The winner of Miss Bhutan receives a cash prize of Nu 100,000. The Miss Bhutan crown, designed in Bhutan, is worth another Nu 100,000.[7]

In 2008, the winner represented the country at Miss Earth beauty pageant. Although there was no swimsuit round in the actual Miss Bhutan contest, the winner is trained in an enclosed area for the swimsuit competition in preparation for the international Miss Earth competition.[7] 77 contestants from all across Bhutan registered for the Miss Bhutan 2008, but only 20 contestants were short listed in the main event after the preliminary round.[8]

On November 9, 2008, Miss Bhutan 2008 Tsoki Tsomo Karchung participated in the 8th edition of Miss Earth beauty pageant, which was held at the Clark Expo Amphitheater in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines.[9][10][11] Eighty-five women arrived from October 19, 2008 in the Philippines.[12][13]


Year Miss Bhutan 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up 3rd Runner Up 4th Runner Up References
2008 Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
Thimpu, Bhutan
Shelkar Choden
Trongsa, Bhutan
Tshering Pem
Trashigang, Bhutan
Tashi Pelden
Wangdue, Bhutan
Kinga Wangmo
Paro, Bhutan
2010 Sonam Choden Retty
Punakha, Bhutan
Kinley Yangden Dorji
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tenzin Norden
Haa, Bhutan
Dechen Tshomo
Wangdue, Bhutan
Sangay Dema
Samtse, Bhutan
2022 Tashi Choden
Wangdue, Bhutan
Sonam Pelden
Wangdue, Bhutan
Eden Zangmo
Trashigang, Bhutan
Not awarded [16]

Representatives to international beauty pageants[edit]

Miss Bhutan Universe[edit]

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Province Miss Bhutan Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards Notes
2023 TBA
2022 Wangdue Tashi Choden Unplaced

Past titleholders under Miss Bhutan org.[edit]

Miss Bhutan Earth[edit]

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Province Miss Bhutan Earth Placement at Miss Earth Special Awards Notes
Did not compete since 2009 — present
2008 Thimphu Tsokye Karchung Unplaced


Miss Bhutan 2008[edit]

The grand finale of Miss Bhutan 2008 was held on 10 October 2008 in the YDF Auditorium, the nations's biggest auditorium hall.

The pageant was judged by five famous personalities and two international judges, Kelly Dorji, actor/model popular in Bollywood Film Industry and Charm Osathanond, Miss Thailand 2006.[8][17]

Miss Tshoki Tshomo Karchung, 24, was crowned as the first ever Miss Bhutan 2008. She also took the title of Miss Photogenic and Miss Talent.[17] Shelkar Choden took the 1st runners up prize and Tshering Pem took the 2nd runner up prize.

Miss Bhutan represented Bhutan in Miss Earth 2008, Miss Young International in Taiwan, and Miss Safari 2008 in Kenya.[17]

The Bhutan Information Communication and Media Authority (BICMA), Bhutan's media regulatory body did not allow the contest to use the Gross National Happiness tag, as they believed its use didn't correspond with beauty contests.[18]


Age Contestants Age Height Hometown Placement
1 Wangchuk Dema 18 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
2 Ugyen Dema 19 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Thimpu, Bhutan Top 10
3 Tsokye Tsomo Karchung 24 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Thimpu, Bhutan WINNER
4 Tshering Zangmo 22 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Mongar, Bhutan
5 Tshering Yangzom 20 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Trashigang, Bhutan Top 10
6 Tshering Pem 17 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Trashigang, Bhutan 2nd Runner Up
7 Tashi Pelden 20 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Wangdue, Bhutan 3rd Runner Up
8 Shelkar Choden 24 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Trongsa, Bhutan 1st Runner Up
9 Nima Sangay 23 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) Thimpu, Bhutan
10 Pema Yeshi 21 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) Bumthang, Bhutan Top 10
11 Ngawang Choden 23 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Wangdue, Bhutan Top 10
12 Neljor Wangmo 18 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) Lhuntse, Bhutan
13 Kinga Wangmo 19 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Paro, Bhutan 4th Runner Up
14 Kinga Om 18 163 cm (5 ft 4 in) Thimpu, Bhutan
15 Kezang Chhoden 18 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) Thimpu, Bhutan
16 Karma Zam 22 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Paro, Bhutan Top 10
17 Karma Choki 19 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
18 Jamyang Zangmo 26 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) Trashigang, Bhutan
19 Deki Choden Namgyel 23 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) Trashigang, Bhutan


Final result Contestant
Miss Bhutan 2008 Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
1st runner-up Shelkar Choden
2nd runner-up Tshering Pem

See also[edit]


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