Gangtok: Reetika Chettri from Namchi, South Sikkim was crowned Miss Sikkim 2019 at a grand ceremony organised by Positude in association with Sikkim Express at Manan Kendra, Gangtok on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Sumana Gurung and Bishnu Sharma were adjudged first and second runners up, respectively.
“I am equally excited to win this prestigious crown. The journey so far has been hard but it paid off well so it was worth it. I want to be a therapeutic social worker, therefore, I want to take up sociology and work. With the platform I have received as Miss Sikkim, I would like to work for the society and spread awareness,” shared Miss Sikkim Chettri while speaking with EastMojo.
She also urged the upcoming models to have faith in themselves. She further expressed her gratitude to her family, friends and supporters for being her constant support system.
Chettri also bagged two subtitles – Miss Photogenic and Miss Popular. First runner up Gurung bagged the subtitle of Miss Fashion Icon. Second runner up Sharma bagged the subtitle of Miss Spectacular Eyes.
The winners will now get to participate in the auditions of Femina Miss India and Sunsilk Mega Miss Northeast.
There were 31 aspiring models who gave good competition for the crown. The contestants were shortlisted from all the four districts. In the grand finale, there were two rounds — swimwear and traditional — from where 31 girls came down to top 10 and then top 5.
Twelve subtitles were also awarded during the event — Dichen Dolma Bhutia for Miss Glowing Skin, Susang Sherpa for Miss Talented, Reetika Chettri for Miss Photogenic & Miss Popular, Manisha Chettri for Miss Beauty With a Purpose, Priyanka Sharma for Miss Congeniality, Kunga Tseten Bhutia for Miss Active, Priya Sharma for Miss Beautiful Body, Chandra Kala Dhakal for Miss Ramp Walk, Sumana Gurung for Miss Fashion Icon, Bishnu Sharma for Miss Spectacular Eyes and Sanjeeta Chhetri for Miss Vivacious.
The judges for this year’s Miss Sikkim were national and international pageant director Abhilekh Kalita, filmmaker and film director Prashant Rasaily, Mitho proprietor Kushan Zulca, Denzong Hyundai MD Karma Loday Bhutia.