A pageant with a difference - no bikinis or six-packs, please

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 August, 2010, 12:00am

The Miss Hong Kong pageant's star faded this year, the winner denigrated as 'Miss Pork Chop' by Net users. The Mr Hong Kong pageant, meanwhile, was slammed by a male-rights group for its 'sexist' content.

Perhaps Kelly Basanti Pun, a Hong Kong-based Nepali, will have better luck when she hosts an alternative pageant that is welcoming the city's Chinese, Indians, Nepalis and Filipinos to show off not their bikini-clad bodies or six-packs, but their talents and good hearts.

Pun (pictured), the 2006 winner of the Talent Hunt Contest - a small but not insignificant pageant for Nepalis in Hong Kong - is expanding the event this year by seeking a more global pool of female contestants and including a competition for men. 'We are looking for someone confident and outspoken, with a good personality and a dedication to social work,' she said.

There will be catwalk training for the 18 contestants, but there won't be any skimpy swimwear on show. 'What really matters is how they present their talents on the stage.'

The preliminary heat will take place at the Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre on Sunday, with a final round the week after.

CitySeen has three pairs of free tickets to give away for the grand final on August 29, worth HK$100 a head.

To win tickets tell us, in 50 words or fewer, which talent you think would stand out best at a pageant, be it singing, dancing or fire breathing. Send the answers to cityseen@scmp.com, with your name, address and contact number - and 'talent' in the subject line - by 6pm on Monday.