A 23-year-old Nepali girl of Indian-origin has become the latest beauty queen 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 at Kathmandu on Saturday.
The event, organised by the Nepalese Council, was also aimed at promoting Indo-Nepal relations and support charity for children.
The 5 ft 6 inch beauty, born in India holds a degree in Business Studies from Pilani in Rajasthan. She was chosen among 12 Nepali contestants - all of Indian origin.
"Vatsala is a very talented and confident girl, she will definitely promote Nepal in the 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 jokey.
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.