Something`s brewing on the roof of the world. The Ladakh International Music Festival (LIMF) 2023 is set to return with greater pomp and glory as the carnival brings to its audience a unique fashion show that will be held at world`s highest motorable road, Umling La, at 19,022 Ft, called the Ladakh International Fashion Runway, together called Ladakh Art and Entertainment Alliance.

Scheduled to happen between August 23 and September 3, the unique pageant will feature women leaders from G20 countries and guest countries. It will also have Miss Universes, Worlds and Earths who will shine a light on empowerment through the ideals of peace and friendship.

Those who would walk the ramp include Vanshika Parmar, Miss Earth from India, Giulia Ragazzini, Miss Earth from Italy, Lindsey Coffey, Miss Earth from USA, Yuumi Kato, Miss Universe from Japan, Luissa Burton, Miss Earth from United Kingdom, Annabella Fleck, Miss Earth from Germany, Rafah Nanjeba Torsa, Miss World from Bangladesh among others. 

Tashi Gyalson, Chairman, LAHDC ( Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) noted how the varied fields of art and culture can come together to propagate fraternal feelings. “As unique the initiative is, it is important to associate local values with worldly decisions. That is what we intend to do with Ladakh Arts and Entertainment Alliance. This magnus opus will not only promote `Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam` but also bring a strong message to the world to face love, peace and harmony. What an honour and a matter of immense pride for us to host this spectacular event in Ladakh.”

Each of the models participating would bring half a kilo sand each from their respective country and post the event, they would mix the sand with concrete and put it into the readymade creative mould of `Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam` (A Monument) One Earth-One Family-One Future at the highest altitude road in the world echoing the G20 spirit. 

“Our collaboration with the Indian Army and the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) has always been at the heart of this festival, enhancing its scale and impact each year,” said Sushil Chaudhary, co-founder of LAEA and founder of LIMF. “This year, we are excited to incorporate the new Ladakh Fashion Runway, making the event even more expansive and memorable.”

Pankaj Gupta, director and co-founder of LAEA, twice Guinness World Record achiever and the brain behind this one of a kind fashion show shared, “It is time for India to stand up for what it truly believes in. Miss Worlds, Universes and Earths across the globe will participate in this Runway to celebrate and immortalise the Presidency of the G20 summit.” He admitted that the event is their official attempt at finding a new spot in the Guinness World Book of Records. 

Attendees can expect a mix of powerful performances, stunning fashion, breathtaking scenery and a celebration of art, culture and community in the heart of the Himalayas.

This is a step up from last year, when notable national music bands and artistes came together for LIMF, which saw the creation of Rezangla Anthem. The moving performance of the anthem was hosted live at the Rezangla Memorial and was also captured in the metaverse format.