Miss Nagaland is not affiliated with Femina which has since 2017 introduced a new format for the selection of contestants for the Femina Miss India national beauty pageant.Femina holds a separate audition to crown a Femina Miss India Nagaland winner to represent the state of Nagaland at Femina Miss India.“This is in reference to the core issues like Naga flag and constitution, which are yet to be agreed upon between the two parties.Without these two core issues solved, any solution would be far from honourable because Naga’s pride and identity is deeply entrenched here,” it added.
The photo-shoot of the contestants was directed by Ketholeno Kense Vihienuo, Indian supermodel from Nagaland and a recipient of the Vogue India and Colours Infinity Young Achiever of the Year award at Vogue Women of the Year 2017.
The 25th edition of the Miss Nagaland pageant was held on 8 December 2013 at the capital of Nagaland, Kohima, Kohima. Benjongmenla Jamir was crowned the winner by the previous year's winner Imlibenla Jamir.
The NSCN (I-M) said that the 22-year-old peace process received the official recognition to the unique history and situation of the Nagas when the Framework Agreement was signed on August 3, 2015.
However, the outfit said, three years have passed since the Framework Agreement was signed but there has been no headway.