Audience members at the Danba beauty contest – presumably the progeny of the hereditary queens that used to rule the region. Photo: Shivaji Das Audience members at the Danba beauty contest – presumably the progeny of the hereditary queens that used to rule the region. Photo: Shivaji Das
Audience members at the Danba beauty contest – presumably the progeny of the hereditary queens that used to rule the region. Photo: Shivaji Das
Shivaji Das
Opinion

Opinion

Shivaji Das

In China’s lost Queendom, beauty contests and love triangles endure

  • A beauty festival for the ages in a mythical region once ruled by women shows off the pageantry of the Tibetan plateau
  • The judges noted that the quality was ‘especially good’ this year and they had a ‘tough time’ judging. Teens murmured that this year’s contestants were the worst ever.

Audience members at the Danba beauty contest – presumably the progeny of the hereditary queens that used to rule the region. Photo: Shivaji Das Audience members at the Danba beauty contest – presumably the progeny of the hereditary queens that used to rule the region. Photo: Shivaji Das
Audience members at the Danba beauty contest – presumably the progeny of the hereditary queens that used to rule the region. Photo: Shivaji Das
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