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Miss World and Miss Universe Winners from India

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For centuries, poets and artists have paid tribute to the Indian woman’s beauty. From the eyes, to the hair, to the feet, no part of the Indian woman’s anatomy was left untouched; while the poets sang verses of praise, the artists painted and sculpted the Indian woman in all her glory. But the rest of the world seemed oblivious to this phenomenon, that is, until India started gaining attention at an International level. With Indian women making an impact at international beauty contests, the world sat up and took notice.

[Also Read: 6 Beauty Pageants Who Turned into Leading Bollywood Celebrities]

List of Indian Miss World

Year National/Preliminary Title Winner
1966 Eve’s Weekly Miss India Reita Faria
1994 Femina Miss India World Aishwarya Rai
1997 Femina Miss India World Diana Hayden
1999 Femina Miss India World Yukta Mookhey
2000 Femina Miss India World Priyanka Chopra
2017 Femina Miss India World Manushi Chhillar

Reita Faria

It all started with Reita Faria, the first Indian woman to win an international title. She was crowned ‘Miss World’ in 1966. But, unlike her successors who have all tried their hands at acting, Reita Faria opted to practice medicine. She has been a judge at many subsequent beauty pageants.

Reita Faria Indian Miss World

Aishwarya Rai

The Queen of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai was the runner-up in the Miss India pageant in 1994. She then went on to win the ‘Miss World’ title. At that time, Aishwarya was a twenty one year-old architecture student. Of course winning the pageant changed the course of her future and she went on to become one of Bollywood’s most successful actors.

Aishwarya Rai India's Beauty Queens

Diana Hayden

Following Reita Faria and Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden was the third Indian to be crowned ‘Miss World’. She won the ‘Femina Miss India’ Title in 1997 and went on to win the ‘Miss World’ title that same year. She tried her luck in Bollywood but was not able to succeed much.

Diana Hayden Indian Miss World

Yukta Mookhey

In 1999, Yukta Mookhey won the ‘Miss World’ title. She was twenty two years-old at that time. Following in the footsteps of the earlier pageant winners, she entered Bollywood. Her stint as an actress for shortlived, with all her movies doing miserable at the box office.

Yukta Mookhey India's Beauty Queens

Priyanka Chopra

After finishing second in the ‘Femina Miss India’ contest in 2000, Priaynka Chiopra went on to win the ‘Miss World’ title that same year. Her entry into Bollywood was a little shaky at first with some of her movies doing not so good, but then with hard work and determination, Priyanka Chopra climbed up the ladder and is now one of the most successful actress in Indian cinema.

Priyanka Chopra Miss World

Manushi Chillar

Bringing back the Miss World to India after 17 long years, Manushi Chillar stood tall and stole hearts. Manushi is a medical student from Haryana, and after winning the Miss India title in June 2017, she went on to participate in the international pageant. Her flawless looks in combination with her smart and thoughtful answers declared her as the true winner, leaving the entire nation ecstatic.

Miss World 2017


List of Indian Miss Universe

Year National/Preliminary Title Winner
1994 Femina Miss India Universe Sushmita Sen
2000 Femina Miss India Universe Lara Dutta

Sushmita Sen

An inspiration to today’s modern women, Sushmita Sen was the first Indian Women to win the ‘Miss Universe’ title in 1994. She then forayed into Bollywood and is known now as an actor who speaks her mind and is not afraid to live life on her own terms. ‘Bold and beautiful’ is a phrase that aptly describes her.

Sushmita Sen Indian Miss Universe

Other International Title Winners

Apart from the Miss Universe and Miss World Title winners, there have been other Indian women who have won some other international beauty pageants.

Zeenat Aman

After coming in as the second runner up in the Miss India pageant, Zeenat Aman won the Miss Asia Pacific title in 1970.

Zeenat Aman

Tara Anne Fonseca

Tara Anne Fonseca was the winner of the ‘Miss Asia Pacific’ in 1973.

Tara Anne Fonseca

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza won the Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000, becoming the first Indian contestant to win this title in twenty seven years. It was a special year for India, with three wins – with Dia Mirza winning Miss Asia Pacific, Lara Dutta winning Miss Universe and Priyanka Chopra winning Miss World.

[Also Read: Dia Mirza, An Epitome Of Elegance And Beauty]

Nicole Faria

Nicole Faria became the first Indian to win the ‘Miss Earth’ title. She is a model from Bangalore. She won the title in 2010.

Nicole Faria

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1 comment

SHIVLOCHAN CHOUDHARY January 30, 2018 - 2:42 pm

i proud of indian miss world and miss universe title winners women. congrts a lot to them. I think it play the best role to impowerd the women.


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