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Bhutan’s Nagaland-born Queer beauty queen heads for Miss Universe 2022

Nagaland-born Choden is a proud lesbian who will represent the Himalayan nation at Miss Universe 2022 beauty pageant.

When the entire world is soaking in ‘Pride Month’ celebrations in June, Bhutan has got its first-ever queer beauty queen with 23-year-old Tashi Choden Chombal being crowned as Miss Bhutan 2022.

Nagaland-born Choden is a proud lesbian who will represent the Himalayan nation at Miss Universe 2022 beauty pageant.

Confident and proud of her sexual orientation, Choden revealed on her ‘Facebook’ page last year that she had a bisexual orientation “As I did more research and reading, I realised that I am actually a woman comfortable in my body and attracted to other women,” she was quoted as saying by ‘The Bhutanese’.

Miss Bhutan 2022 Tashi Choden Chombal

Tashi Choden Chombal was born in Nagaland to her Bhutanese mother and Tibetan father and was raised in the state till the age of three.

While, her mother – Kinley Wangmo – hailed from Shaa region in Bhutan, Tashi’s father – Chombal was a Tibetan Khampa businessman from Nagaland.

However, her parents passed away when Choden was 14 years, after which she was raised by her maternal aunt and grandmother in Bhutan.

A year after the death of her parents, when Tashi was 15 years old, she landed her first modeling assignment and since then she has competed in several beauty pageants.

After doing numerous modeling assignments, winning a handful of beauty pageants, and starring in some Bhutanese movies, she participated in the Miss Bhutan contest and won it.

Queer Beauty

Choden first told her family about her orientation on June 2, 2021, on International Pride Day. She was reported saying to Bhutanese media that her family was very conservative and her maternal aunt and grandmother had strong reactions to her coming out. However, after a few months, they accepted Choden’s sexuality.

First Published: 21st June, 2022 13:45 IST

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