Venezuela, USA, and Phillippines have been giving tough competition to India in the international beauty pageants since last few years. It’s been more than a decade since an Indian female has won any of the Big Four international beauty pageants. Priyadarshini Chatterjee (Miss World India 2016) and Roshmitha Harimurthy (Miss Universe India 2016) may get lucky this time. Till then, let’s recall those Indian beauties that had made India proud.
- Reita Faria Powell:
It all started with Reita Faria Powell. She was the first Indian as well as Asian female to win Miss World in 1966. Now settled in Dublin as a doctor, Reita continued her medical study after completing her one-year tenure.
- Zeenat Aman:
A trendsetter of her era, this beauty had filled the Bollywood with her ultra-glamorous avatar. Before entering Bollywood, Zeenat was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific in 1970, becoming the first Indian and the South Asian woman to win this title.
- Sushmita Sen:
The year 1994 saw two most beautiful Indian beauties and one of them was Sushmita. She won the hearts of millions by winning the Miss Universe crown in 1994. Today, this successful entrepreneur is also an actress and producer.
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan:
The world fell instantly in love with the mesmerizing eyes of Aishwarya Rai. Even today, she’s known worldwide for her unique eye color and attractive features. She was crowned Miss World in 1994 and eventually is a successful actress now.
- Diana Hayden:
Diana Hayden was crowned Miss World in 1997. Though she did a couple of movies but did not get lucky enough to do more movies. She was recently in news all over for giving birth to a baby girl from an egg frozen eight years ago.
- Yukta Mookhey:
Yukta Mookhey did not become a notable actress, but she is definitely remembered as one of the five Indian beauties to win Miss World title till date.
- Lara Dutta Bhupathi:
In 2000, India was once again blessed with three beauty titles and one of them was Miss Universe. Lara Dutta was crowned Miss Universe in 2000. We can see her in as a talented actress, model, and a producer today.
- Priyanka Chopra:
With Priyanka Chopra becoming Miss World in 2000, India was once again in the news. Today, this dusky beauty is famous worldwide as an outstanding actress, singer, producer, and philanthropist (Not to forget she’s an inspiration for millions of Indian females today).
- Nicole Faria:
Recently seen in a Bollywood movie, ‘Yaariyan’, and in the television show ‘Big Boss’ this year, this supermodel had won Miss Earth title in 2010.
- Srinidhi Shetty:
The year 2016 may not be lucky for India in terms of beauty pageants, but it did win Miss Supranational 2016 title. Srinidhi, an engineer and now Miss Supranational also won the Miss Asia Oceania 2016 crown.With these beauties in the row, we hope that more names are added to this list in the coming future.