Femina Miss India

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Femina Miss India
Formation 1964
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Mumbai
Location India
Membership Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Miss United Continent
Miss Asia Pacific World
Miss Grand International
Official languages Hindi, English
Website feminamissindia.indiatimes.com

Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete globally. The winner of Femina Miss India goes to Miss World, while the first runner up competes in Miss Earth, and the second runner up goes to Miss Supranational.[1] It is organised by Femina, a women's magazine published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.

Femina Miss India used to select three winners who were then sent to Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Asia Pacific pageants, respectively. In 1994, after India's historic win at the International pageants, the organization ended the practice of crowning a single winner and instead decided that the top three winners were designated as winners with equal visibility and prizes.[2] In 2002, the third winner was designated to Miss Earth instead of Miss Asia Pacific. In 2010, Femina Miss India decided that they would no longer send a representative to Miss Universe, and relinquished the Miss Universe franchise, choosing instead to designate the third winner to represent India in Miss International pageant.


The first Miss India was Pramila (Esther Victoria Abraham), from Calcutta, who won in 1947.[1] [2]

Over the years, Indian participation in the international picture has grown.

International pageants[edit]

Miss India has been participating in the Miss Universe pageant since 1952, starting with Indrani Rehman and in the Miss World pageant since 1959, starting with Fleur Ezekiel. Historically, the Femina Miss India pageant sent the winner of the pageant to the Miss Universe pageant, and Eve's Weekly, a rival women's publication sent the winner of its Miss India contest to Miss World. In the late 80s, Femina acquired the rights to send a representative to Miss World as well, and started to send the winner to Miss Universe and the runner-up to the Miss World contest. In 1994, following India's historic dual wins at both Miss Universe and Miss World, the custom of crowning a single winner was discontinued. Instead, the top three placers were each designated a winner, with equal prizes, visibility and responsibilities, and crowned Femina Miss India-Universe, Femina Miss India-World, and Femina Miss India-Asia Pacific. In 2002, the third title was changed to Femina Miss India-Earth, to designate India's representation at the newly launched Miss Earth pageant, focused on the cause of environmental advocacy. From 2007 to 2009, three equal winners were selected going to Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Earth.[3][4] In 2010, Femina Miss India decided to stop sending representatives to the Miss Universe pageant entirely, choosing instead to send a crowned winner to Miss International.

The awards for 1989 were given at the end of the year (December); hence there was no separate contest for 1990.

In 1994, Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe title after winning the Miss India crown and became the first Indian woman ever to win the Miss Universe crown. The same year the runner-up of Miss India, Aishwarya Rai, won the Miss World title. Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai established themselves in the Bollywood industry after winning their titles.

The success of Rai and Sen spawned coaching institutions which were set up to groom young women in pageant participation skills. The number of participants in the preliminary rounds of the pageant has increased considerably. Miss India World 1997, Diana Hayden won the title of Miss World 1997. In 1999, the Miss India runner-up Yukta Mookhey went on to win the Miss World that year.

In 2000, three of the Miss India winners won their respective international pageants — Lara Dutta (Miss Universe), Priyanka Chopra (Miss World) and Diya Mirza (Miss Asia Pacific). The other countries to have won all three major titles in one year were Australia in 1972.

In 2010, Nicole Faria became the first Indian to win the Miss Earth title in Vietnam, which leaves Miss International as the only major international pageant that has not been won by an Indian contestant.


Controversies erupted in 2008 when president of Gladrags, Maureen Wadia, served a legal notice to the newly crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2008, Harshita Saxena for violation of a two-year exclusive contract with Gladrags which had been signed by Harshita in 2006. To participate in any other beauty pageant, Harshita would have required a written letter of no-objection from Gladrags. Earlier in an interview with CNN-IBN Maureen Wadia said, "Harshita Saxena from Goa is a Gladrags model. She was a part of my Megamodel Contract in April 2006. Her contract has not expired and Harshita has entered in some other contest before the contract has expired. The contract clearly said that she has to take my permission." Owing to this, Harshita had to give up the title and the crown passed on to Tanvi Vyas who represented India in the Miss Earth 2008 pageant held in November 2008.[5] Harshita was later placed fourth in Miss India 2009 and represented India in Miss International 2009.

Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (TEPL), in partnership with Sushmita Sen, started a new pageant called I Am She – Miss Universe India. The winner of this pageant will participate in the Miss Universe pageant.[6]

In 1989, the winner Kalpana Pandit was found to have misrepresented her nationality (she was holding an American passport); she was stripped of her title and Dolly Mihas was declared winner.[7]

In 2004, Lakshmi Pandit (sister of Kalpana Pandit) was initially declared as the winner but had to return the title as she was married (to Siddarth Mishra); Sayali Bhagat was ultimately declared as the winner. The Pandit sisters are from Mysore, Karnataka. They are M.B.B.S graduates.[8]

By number of wins[edit]

S. No. Pageant Titles Winning years
1 Miss Universe
    1994, 2000
2 Miss World
    1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000
3 Miss Earth
4 Miss International
5 Miss Supranational None
6 Miss United Continent None
7 Miss Asia Pacific World
    2012, 2013
8 Miss Heritage None
9 Bride Of The World None
10 Miss Asia Pacific International
    1970, 1973, 2000

India representatives to international pageants[edit]

The following women have represented India in international pageants:

Winner Finalist Semifinalist

Representatives to Miss Universe[edit]

India did not compete in the Miss Universe pageant from 1953–1963. I AM She – Miss Universe India sent its delegates to Miss Universe from 2010 to 2012. A separate pageant Miss Diva 2013 is held to send delegates from 2013 onward.

Year Representative State Ranking
2013 Manasi Moghe Maharashtra Top 10 finalist
2012 Shilpa Singh Bihar Top 16 finalist
2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli Andhra Pradesh Unplaced
2010 Ushoshi Sengupta West Bengal
2009 Ekta Chowdhary Haryana
2008 Simran Kaur Mundi Maharashtra
2007 Puja Gupta Delhi Top 10 finalist
2006 Neha Kapur Delhi Top 20 finalist
2005 Amrita Thapar Maharashtra Unplaced
2004 Tanushree Dutta Jharkhand Top 10 finalist
2003 Nikita Anand Delhi Unplaced
2002 Neha Dhupia Delhi Top 10 finalist
2001 Celina Jaitley West Bengal 4th Runner-up
2000 Lara Dutta Delhi Miss Universe 2000,Best In Swimsuit
1999 Gul Panag Punjab Top 10 finalist
1998 Lymaraina D'Souza Maharashtra Top 10 finalist
1997 Nafisa Joseph Karnataka Top 10 finalist
1996 Sandhya Chib Karnataka Top 10 finalist
1995 Manpreet Brar Delhi 1st Runner-up
1994 Sushmita Sen Delhi Miss Universe 1994
1993 Namrata Shirodkar Maharashtra Top 6 finalist
1992 Madhu Sapre Maharashtra 2nd Runner-up
1991 Christabelle Howie Tamil Nadu Unplaced
1990 Suzanne Sablok Maharashtra Semifinalist
1989 Dolly Minhas. Chandigarh Unplaced
1987 Priyadarshini Pradhan Maharashtra
1986 Mehr Jessia Maharashtra Unplaced
1985 Sonu Walia New Delhi
1984 Juhi Chawla Punjab Best National Costume Award
1983 Rekha Hande Karnataka Unplaced
1982 Pamela Chaudry Singh New Delhi
1981 Rachita Kumar Maharashtra
1980 Sangeeta Bijlani Maharashtra Best National Costume Award
1979 Swaroop Sampat Maharashtra Unplaced
1978 Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan Chandigarh Best National Costume Award
1977 Bineeta Bose Maharashtra Unplaced
1976 Naina Sudhir Balsavar Uttar Pradesh
1975 Meenakshi Kurpad Mumbai
1974 Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia Maharashtra Semifinalist
1973 Farzana Habib Maharashtra Semifinalist
1972 Roopa Satyan Semifinalist
1971 Raj Gill Maharashtra Unplaced
1970 Veena Sajnani Maharashtra
1969 Kavita Bhambhani Maharashtra
1968 Anjum Mumtaz Barg Maharashtra
1967 Nayyara Mirza New Delhi
1966 Yasmin Daji Maharashtra 3rd Runner-up
1965 Persis Khambatta Maharashtra Unplaced
1964 Meher Castelino Mistri Maharashtra
1952 Indrani Rehman Tamil Nadu Debut

Representatives to Miss World[edit]

India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963

Year Representative State Placement
2014 Koyal Rana Delhi TBA
2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon Punjab
Top 20, Multimedia Award
2012 Vanya Mishra Punjab Top 7 finalist, Beauty With a Purpose, Multimedia Award
2011 Kanishtha Dhankhar Haryana
Top 30 quarter finalist
2010 Manasvi Mamgai Uttarakhand Unplaced
2009 Pooja Chopra Punjab Semifinalist, Beauty With a Purpose winner
2008 Parvathy Omanakuttan Kerala 1st Runner-up, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific
2007 Sarah Jane Dias Karnataka Unplaced
2006 Natasha Suri Maharashtra Semifinalist
2005 Sindhura Gadde Andhra Pradesh Semifinalist
2004 Sayali Bhagat1 Maharashtra Unplaced
2003 Ami Vashi Gujarat Top 5 finalist
2002 Shruti Sharma Uttar Pradesh Semifinalist
2001 Sara Corner Karnataka Unplaced
2000 Priyanka Chopra Jharkhand Miss World 2000
1999 Yukta Mookhey Maharashtra Miss World 1999
1998 Annie Thomas Kerala Unplaced
1997 Diana Hayden Andhra Pradesh Miss World 1997,Miss Photogenic, Spectacular swimwear
1996 Rani Jeyraj Tamil nadu Top 5 finalist, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific,Spectacular Evening Gown
1995 Preeti Mankotia Karnataka Unplaced
1994 Aishwarya Rai Karnataka Miss World 1994, Miss Photogenic
1993 Karminder Kaur-Virk Chandigarh Unplaced,Best in National costume
1992 Shyla Lopez Karnataka
1991 Ritu Singh New Delhi Semifinalist
1990 Naveeda Mehdi Maharashtra Unplaced
1989 Shabnam Patel Maharashtra
1988 Anuradha Kottur Maharashtra
1987 Manisha Kohli Maharashtra
1986 Maureen Mary Lestourgeon Maharashtra
1985 Sharon Mary Clarke Maharashtra
1984 Suchita Kumar Maharashtra
1983 Sweety Grewal Maharashtra
1982 Uttara Mhatre Kher Maharashtra
1981 Deepti Divakar Andhra Pradesh
1980 Elizabeth Anita Reddi Andhra Pradesh Semifinalist
1979 Raina Winifred Mendonica Maharashtra Unplaced
1978 Kalpana Iyer Maharashtra Semifinalist
1977 Veena Prakash Withdrew in protest against the presence of a white Miss South Africa
1976 Naina Balsavar Withdrew
1975 Anjana Sood Maharashtra Semifinalist
1974 Kiran Dholakia Maharashtra Unplaced
1972 Malathi Basappa Karnataka 4th Runner-up
1971 Prema Narayan Andhra Pradesh Unplaced
1970 Heather Corinne Faville Maharashtra Semifinalist
1969 Adina Shellim Maharashtra Unplaced
1968 Jane Coelho New Delhi
1966 Reita Faria Maharashtra Miss World 1966
1962 Ferial Karim Maharashtra Semifinalist
1961 Veronica Leonora Torcato Maharashtra Unplaced
1960 Iona Pinto Maharashtra
1959 Fleur Ezekiel Maharashtra Debut

Titleholders Notes[edit]

Representatives to Miss Earth[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2014 Jhataleka Malhotra Maharashtra TBA
2013 Sobhita Dhulipala Andhra Pradesh Unplaced Miss Photogenic, Miss Eco Beauty
2012 Prachi Mishra Uttar Pradesh Unplaced Miss Friendship, Miss Congeniality
2011 Hasleen Kaur Punjab Unplaced
2010 Nicole Faria Karnataka Miss Earth 2010 Miss Talent
2009 Shriya Kishore Maharashtra Top 16 Semifinalist
2008 Tanvi Vyas2 Gujarat Unplaced
2007 Pooja Chitgopekar Karnataka 1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)
2006 Amruta Patki Maharashtra 1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air) Best in Long Gown
2005 Niharika Singh Uttarakhand Unplaced
2004 Jyoti Brahmin West Bengal Top 16 Semifinalist
2003 Shweta Vijay Kerala Unplaced
2002 Reshmi Ghosh West Bengal Unplaced
2001 Shamita Singha Maharashtra Top 10 Semifinalist Best in National Costume

Representatives to Miss International[edit]

India did not send delegates to Miss International in 1963 -1967, 1972, 1977, 1989, 1990.

Year Representative State Ranking
2013 Gurleen Grewal Punjab Unplaced
2012 Rochelle Maria Rao Tamilnadu Top 15 Semifinalist
2011 Ankita Shorey Jammu & Kashmir Unplaced
2010 Neha Hinge Madhya Pradesh Top 15 Semifinalist
2009 Harshita Saxena Goa Unplaced
2008 Radha Brahmbhatt Gujarat, Northwood, London
2007 Esha Gupta Delhi
2006 Sonali Sehgal West Bengal Semifinalist
2005 Vaishali Desai Maharashtra Unplaced
2004 Mihika Verma Maharashtra Semifinalist
2003 Shonali Nagrani New Delhi 1st Runner-up
2002 Gauhar Khan Maharashtra Unplaced
2001 Kanwal Toor New Delhi Semifinalist
2000 Gayatri Joshi Maharashtra Semifinalist
1999 Srikrupa Murali Karnataka Unplaced
1998 Shwetha Jaishanker Tamil Nadu 2nd Runner-up
1997 Diya Abraham Kerala 1st Runner-up
1996 Fleur Xavier Maharashtra Unplaced
1995 Priya Gill Maharashtra
1994 Fransesca Hart Maharashtra
1993 Pooja Batra Punjab Semifinalist
1992 Kamal Sandhu New Delhi Unplaced
1991 Preeti Mankotia Karnataka Semifinalist
1988 Shikha Swaroop Maharashtra Unplaced
1987 Erika Maria de Souza Maharashtra Semifinalist
1986 Poonam Pahlet Gidwant Maharashtra Unplaced
1985 Vinita Seshadri Vasan Bangalore
1984 Nalanda Ravindra Bhandar West Bengal Semifinalist
1983 Sahila Chadha Punjab Unplaced
1982 Betty O'Connor Maharashta
1981 Meenakshi Seshadri Tamil Nadu
1980 Ulrika Karen Bredemeyer Maharashtra
1979 Nita Pinto Maharashtra
1978 Sabita Dhanrajgir Punjab
1976 Nafisa Ali Maharashtra 2nd Runner-up
1975 Indira Maria Bredemeyer Maharashtra 2nd Runner-up
1974 Leslie Jean Hartnett New Delhi Unplaced
1972 Indira Muthanna Karnataka
1971 Samita Mukherjee West Bengal
1970 Patricia D'Souza New Delhi Semifinalist
1969 Wendy Leslie Vaz Maharashtra Unplaced
1968 Sumita Sen West Bengal Semifinalist
1962 Sheila Chonkar Maharashtra Unplaced
1961 Diana Valentine New Delhi
1960 Iona Pinto Maharashtra 1st Runner-up

Representatives to Miss Supranational[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2014 Gail Nicole Da Silva Goa
2013 Vijaya Sharma Delhi Top 20 Top 18 in Miss Internet
2012 Gunjan Saini Delhi Top 12 in Best Talent & 1st Runner-up in Miss Internet
2011 Michelle Almeida Mumbai Top 10 Miss Asia & Oceania Continental 2011 & Miss Internet


  • Nikita Sharma is replaced by Gunjan Saini for undisclosed reasons.

Representatives to Miss United Continent[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2013 Purva Rana Himachal Pradesh Vice Queen 3rd in Best National Costume

Representatives to Miss Asia Pacific World[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2011 Tanvi Singla Karnataka 3rd Runner Up
2012 Himangini Singh Yadu Madhya pradesh, Indore Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 Best Swimming Costume
2013 Srishti Rana Delhi Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Miss Personality and Best National Costume

Representatives to Miss Heritage World[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2013 Swati Kain Delhi 1st Runner-Up

Representatives to Bride Of The World[edit]

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2014 Anukriti Gusain Uttarakhand

Representatives to Miss Asia Pacific International[edit]

Year Representative Ranking
2005 Simran Chandok Unplaced, Best dancer
2003 Shonal Rawat 1st Runner-up, Miss friendship, Miss talent, Miss Congeniality
2002 Tina Chatwal 2nd Runner-up, Miss internet
2001 Maheshwari Thiagaranjan Unplaced
2000 Dia Mirza Miss Asia Pacific 2000, Miss close up smile, Miss avon
1999 Shivangi Parikkh Unplaced
1998 Vikkitha Aggarwal
1997 Divya Chauhan 1st Runner-up, Best in Evening gown
1996 Mini Menon Top 10 semifinalist
1995 Ruchi Malhotra 1st Runner-up, Best in Evening gown
1994 Shweta Menon Top 10 semifinalist
1993 Namrata Shirodkar 1st Runner-up, Best in Evening gown
1992 Mehroo Jal Mistry Unplaced
1989 Anuradha Ramani Unplaced
1988 Viola Antony Unplaced
1987 Jasleem Kaur Unplaced
1986 Ana Vasan Unplaced
1985 Seema Malhotra Semifinalist
1983 Monica Lakhmana Unplaced
1982 Aparna Sharma Unplaced
1981 Mehjabeen Ayub Khan Unplaced, Miss Talent
1980 Upneet Pannu Unplaced
1979 Maureen Mary Lestourgeon 1st Runner-up
1978 Preeti Koppikar Unplaced, Best national costume, Miss Talent
1977 Marianne De Souza 1st Runner-up
1976 Anna Adriane Bredemeyer 2nd Runner-up
1975 Seema Marwaha Unplaced
1974 Marilyn Theresa Ferreira
1973 Tara Anne Fonseca Miss Asia Pacific 1973
1972 Samita Mukherjee Unplaced
1971 Urmila Sanandan
1970 Zeenat Aman Miss Asia Pacific 1970, Miss Photogenic
1969 Tasneem Fakir Mohammed Unplaced
1968 Anabella Crawford Unplaced, Miss Talent

Photographs of international titleholders:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Devi, Kanchana (28 March 2012). "Miss India 2012: Who will win this time?". Truth Dive. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "50 YEARS OF MISS INDIA: HIGHS AND LOWS!". Times of India. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Hindu News Update Service". The Hindu. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  4. ^ News, Press Trust of India (9 April 2007). "No runners-up in Miss India contest; all 3 winners are equal". Daily News and Analysis and Press Trust of India. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Miss India Earth to fight for crown in court – Movies News". ibnlive. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  6. ^ "30 contestants gear up for Miss Universe". Hindustan Times. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Returns Crown". 
  8. ^ "Pandit returns Miss India-World crown". Rediff.com. 31 March 2004. 

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