Souvenir Team(ST): How do you feel having won a Miss Kut title through tough competition?
Lungmonkim (Kim): The competition was tough, no doubt, and I'm very happy to have won the title. My hard work has paid off.

ST: Do you think having won Miss Kut crown has improved your status, why?
Kim: Miss Kut crown will definitely improve anyone's image. My confidence and passion has come to light. Personally, it is a boost to my self-esteem. I have become more focused, determined and confident, I know what I want and to what extend I can push myself to achieve my dreams.

ST: Did you expect to win the Miss Kut title in the first place? Why?
Kim: Yes! I knew it was not gonna be easy but I see myself as someone who revels in competitions and as such never doubted that the coveted crown was beyond my grasp. My belief in God is what propels me to excel in everything I pursue.

ST: How did you prepare for the Miss Kut contest?
Kim: I usually work out to keep my body in shape. I sought advice from experts and was given fascinating tips here and there. I didn't have any special preparation as such.

ST: Do you think the Miss Kut cash prize is attractive enough to go for it in top gear?
Kim: Obviously yes, else there would be few takers.

ST: The Kut Committee implores Miss Kut title winners to donate a portion of the cash prize for charity. Have you done anything in this regard?
Kim: I believe this is a very good gesture from the Kut Committee and which is what exactly I was planning to do. I have donated a generator to Compassion Children Home; have contributed some amount of money to Kanglatombi Children Home, Manipur University
Tribal Student Union and for Church building construction.

ST: Some people feel that Miss Kut contest should be restricted to the Kut celebrating tribes only. What is your take on this issue?
Kim: Kut cannot be rooted and confined to our community. If it does not sprout and spread, it will be considered rather immature. Variety is the essence of a festival and underlines the openness of the festival.

ST: In what way, you think, can Miss Kut contest help in popularizing Kut?
Kim: I feel it has already helped to some extent. If I may add, Miss Kut contest is of more importance than the community affiliation of the crowned contestant.

ST: What about love and romance, can you share your views or experience in this?
Kim: I would say "Love is the truest thing, the purest emotion. We are all born to love and it is the only principle of our existence." Every human being deserves to love and be loved.

ST : A lot of former Miss Kut winners or the contest participants either got married into families of commendable social status or got movie offers from local digital film makers. What about you? Have you got any offer from prospective "guys" or film makers?
Kim: Commendable social status is man-made, likewise if somebody has a goal in his/her life and is willing to work hard for it, the so called "commendable status" will automatically come his/her way and I'd rather make my own status. Right now I'm too young to get married and I have a long way to go. No films either.

ST: Any suggestion to improve the Miss Kut pageant?
Kim: I wish some big names in the fashion industry are roped in and there were more sponsorship. Efforts should be made to popularize Miss Kut in the mainstream media.

ST: Your message to aspiring Miss Kuts?
Kim: To be crowned the title is every contestant's wish, but to be content and satisfied with your performance is equally as important as winning the crown if you think that you havegiven your best shot.

ST: Your message to the "Kut celebrating people"? Any tip to bring Kutting sub-nationalities together?
Kim: The festival embodies the eternal values of unity, peace and harmony. So let us inculcate these values and celebrate this festival in the right spirit. Tolerance can do wonders! We should not exploit our meager affiliations and indeed suppress any such tendency, rather focus on the larger goal of political and cultural unity.