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Friday, April 18, 2014

1421- Beauty and India's contribution!

Jaipur girl Koyal Rana has won the coveted Femina Miss India 2014 title at the 51st edition of the beauty pageant, defeating 24 other gorgeous finalists from across the country.

The 21-year-old diva will now represent India at the Miss World 2014 beauty pageant this year, hence joining the elite league of beauty queens like Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra, who brought laurels to the country by winning the international titles.

Koyal says after winning the Femina Miss India 2014 title her next target is Miss World.

Reita Faria was the first Indian and Asian to be crowned Miss World in the year 1966.

Now dubbed as the 'most beautiful woman in the world', Aishwarya Rai was just another face when she first set out to compete with the best at Miss World 1994.

Apart from winning the biggie, Aish also won the Miss Photogenic award and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty − Asia & Oceania. And why not!

Having starred in Hollywood films such as 'Mistress of Spices', 'The Last Legion' and 'Pink Panther 2', it's only fair to call Aishwarya the global face of India.

 It was 'THE' moment for beauty queen Sushmita Sen when the name for Miss Universe 1994 was announced.
She was the youngest of the 77 contestants and won a million hearts with her ideologies in
life.Boasting of a very healthy mix of beauty and brains, Sushmita answered the final question - 'What is the essence of a woman?' - with utmost care. She said, 'Just being a woman is God's gift. The origin of a child is a mother, a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman.'

At 18, Priyanka didn't do a great job with the final question which eventually won her the Miss World crown in 2000.
She was asked: 'Who do you think is the most successful woman living today and why?' To which she answered: 'There are a lot of people I admire, but one of the most admirable people is Mother Teresa, who has been so compassionate, considerate and kind.'

Mother Teresa passed away on September 5, 1997.
Apart from winning the prestigious Miss World title, Priyanka also bagged the Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty - Asia & Oceania title.Priyanka immediately shifted course to Bollywood and went on to feature in box-office hits such as 'Andaaz', 'Mujhse Shaadi Karoge' and 'Aitraaz'. She is now one of the most sought after actresses, thanks to films like 'Fashion' and 'Barfi'.

 With a mind and face like hers, it was a given she would win the Miss Universe title in 2001. Post her win, she was appointed as the UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
The gorgeous Lara then moved to Hindi cinema and was an instant hit. Although her film career took a nose dive after the first few years, she managed to stay in the news.
Lara tied the knot with tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi. They have a daughter - Saira.

The terrific trio.

The year 2000 was a glorious year as it saw 3 beautiful faces represent India on global platforms. Lara Dutta charmed all when she won Miss Universe, while Priyanka Chopra did us proud with her Miss World title. Dia Mirza, arguably the most beautiful face we have ever seen, wasn't behind as she bagged the Miss Asia-Pacific title with much ease.
Dia holds the distinction of being the first Indian to win the Miss Asia Pacific title since 1973. The first being evergreen actress Zeenat Aman.

Diana Hayden is the third Indian to have won the Miss World crown in 1997,after Reita Faria (1966) and Aishwarya Rai (1994).
Unlike her peers, Diana moved to London to study acting. She stayed away from Bollywood but did appear in TV reality show 'Bigg Boss 2".

Aditi Gowitrikar might not have pursued a film career seriously, but she did a good job of winning the Mrs World title in 2001.
Did you know she is also a doctor? Multi-faceted, we say!

Those were the best days!
Two years after Diana Hayden's win, Yukta Mookhey won the Miss World title in 1999.
Unlike some of the other Miss World winners, Yukta couldn't strike gold in movies and so stayed away from media glare until recently when she filed a domestic violence complaint against her husband in July, 2013.

Manasvi Mamgai won Miss Tourism International in 2008.


This Bangalore chick, Nicole Faria, did us proud when she won Miss Earth 2010, and became the first Indian to win the title. 
  (via India Syndicate)
Himangini Singh Yadu won the Miss Asia Pacific World title last year.


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