Sadikshya Shrestha is Miss Nepal 2010
Sadikshya Shrestha, 19, waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal. She will represent her country in the Miss World 2010 pageant.
Nineteen-year-old Sadikshya Shrestha who had tried her hand at the Miss Teen Nepal contest in 2007, won the judges' approval with her answer to the decisive final question put to all five finalists: In which three sectors would she invest for a more responsible and accountable youth in Nepal.
Her answer was science and technology - so that there would be world-class scientists from Nepal, industries - to give talented Nepalis a platform to show it, and grooming - so that they would know how to present themselves, "just as the 18 semifinalists have".
The bets on Shrestha began piling up when she was selected for three of the other nine awards: Miss Smart Walk, Miss Personality and Miss Photogenic.
With the crown comes the chance to represent Nepal at the Miss World 2010 pageant in Sanya, China in December, a cheque for NRS 50,000 and a Chery car. The crown also carries the responsibilities of being the brand ambassador for Nepal government's bid to bring 1 million tourists next year and the conservation ambassador for the Nepal chapter of World Wildlife Fund.