Pasighat: Tengam Celine Koyu from East Siang district was crowned Kingfisher Miss Arunachal 2021 during a star-studded finale of the beauty pageant at the Outdoor Stadium here on Saturday evening.
Celine, who will now represent Arunachal at the Femina Miss India-2021 to be held later this year, also walked home with the Miss Popular sub-title.
Riyya Riba from Lepa Reda district was adjudged the first runner-up while Hibu Abyang representing Lower Subansiri bagged the second runner-up title.
Riyya also won the Miss Beautiful Smile subtitle.
The sub-title of Miss Congeniality went to Tana Puniya of Papum Pare district while Tsering Lhamu from Tawang took home the Miss Photogenic subtitle.
The Best Catwalk and Costume subtitles went to Tamchi Yabish of Kurung Kumey district.
The beauty pageant this year was judged by Miss India 2019 Sangeeta Das, Mr International 2012 Opang Jamir and 2nd AAP Battalion Commandant Tumme Amo.
Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju who was also the chief guest of the event, said “Miss Arunachal has given the young contestants a platform to prove their versatility, talent, confidence, and poise.”
He exuded confidence that the youths of Arunachal Pradesh have the potential to compete with the best in the country in any field.
Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong appreciated the Miss Arunachal Organization (MAO) for organizing the gala calendar event at Pasighat for the first time and thanked the people of the centurion town for supporting the event.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu who is also the chief patron of MAO later gave away the prizes to the winners along with Rijiju and the state’s youth affairs minister Mama Natung.
Khandu later also took to Twitter to congratulate the organizers and winners.
“Happy to see that Arunachali youths are extremely talented, confident and willing to contribute for the betterment of society. Attended the #GrandFinale of #MissArunachal2021 last night. Congratulations to all the winners and contestants. Best wishes for bright future ahead,” he said.
This was the 13th edition of Kingfisher Miss Arunachal which is organized under the aegis of Arunachal Guild of Cultural Integration’ (AGCI) in collaboration with the state’s department of youth affairs. The motto of this year’s beauty pageant was “Flaunting Diversity & Celebrating Unity”.