Femina Miss India
Miss United Continent
Miss Asia Pacific International(1968 - 2005)
Miss Asia Pacific World(2013)
|Official language||Hindi, English|
|Parent organization||Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd.|
Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete globally. 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 International 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. 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.
Since 2013, Femina Miss India organizes Miss Diva a separate pageant to select India's representatives to Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss Supranational.
Over the years, Indian participation in the international picture has grown.
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. 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. 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.
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.
By number of wins
|S. No.||Pageant||Titles||Winning years|
||1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000|
|6||Miss United Continent||None|
|7||Miss Asia Pacific World||
|9||Miss Asia Pacific International||
||1970, 1973, 2000|
Number of Placements and Best results at various International Pageants
|S. No.||Pageant||Placements||Best Result|
||Winner (1994, 2000)|
||Winner (1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000)|
||1st Runner Up (1960, 1997, 2003)|
||Top 10 (2011)|
|6||Miss United Continent||
||Vice Queen/Virreina (2013)|
|7||Miss Asia Pacific World||
||Winner (2012, 2013)|
||1st Runner Up (2013)|
|9||Miss Asia Pacific International||
||Winner (1970, 1973, 2000)|
India representatives to international pageants
The following women have represented India in international pageants:
|Winner||Vice Queen/Virreina||Runner Up||Finalist/Semifinalist||Unplaced|
Representatives as Miss India Universe
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 onwards.
|2013||Manasi Moghe||Maharashtra||Top 10|
|2012||Shilpa Singh||Bihar||Top 16|
|2008||Simran Kaur Mundi||Maharashtra||
Best in Swimsuit - Top 5
Charming Áo dài - Top 5
|2007||Puja Gupta||New Delhi||Top 10|
|2006||Neha Kapur||New Delhi||Top 20|
|2004||Tanushree Dutta||Jharkhand||Top 10|
|2003||Nikita Anand||New Delhi||
|2002||Neha Dhupia||New Delhi||Top 10|
|2001||Celina Jaitley||Kolkata||4th Runner-up||3rd Runner Up - Swimsuit competition
5th Runner Up - Evening Gown
|2000||Lara Dutta||Bangalore||Miss Universe 2000||Best In Swimsuit
1st Runner Up - Best in National Costume
|1999||Gul Panag||Punjab||Top 10||Winner Interview Round|
|1998||Lymaraina D'Souza||Maharashtra||Top 10|
|1997||Nafisa Joseph||Karnataka||Top 10|
|1996||Sandhya Chib||Karnataka||Top 10|
|1995||Manpreet Brar||New Delhi||1st Runner-up||2nd Runner Up - Evening Gown
3rd Runner Up - Interview Round
Swimsuit Competition - Top 10
|1994||Sushmita Sen||New Delhi||Miss Universe 1994||1st Runner Up - Swimsuit competition
2nd Runner Up - Evening Gown
4th Runner Up - Interview Round
|1993||Namrata Shirodkar||Maharashtra||Top 6||2nd Runner Up Interview Round
2nd runner Up - Evening Gown
|1992||Madhu Sapre||Maharashtra||2nd Runner-up||1st Runner Up - Swimsuit Competition
1st Runner Up - Evening Gown
4th Runner Up - Interview Round
|1991||Christabelle Howie||Tamil Nadu||
|1990||Suzanne Sablok||Maharashtra||Top 10|
|1985||Sonu Walia||New Delhi||
|1982||Pamela Chaudry Singh||New Delhi||
|1978||Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan||Punjab||
|1976||Naina Sudhir Balsavar||Uttar Pradesh||
|1974||Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia||Maharashtra||Top 12|
|1973||Farzana Habib||Maharashtra||Top 12|
|1972||Roopa Satyan||New Delhi||Top 12|
|1968||Anjum Mumtaz Barg||Maharashtra||
|1967||Nayyara Mirza||New Delhi||
|1966||Yasmin Daji||Maharashtra||3rd Runner-up|
|1964||Meher Castelino Mistri||Maharashtra||
|1952||Indrani Rehman||Tamil Nadu||
Representatives to Miss World
India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963. From 1959 to 1966 representatives to Miss World were sent by Eve's Weekly Miss India pageant. In 1968, Bharat Sundari got the franchise to send India's representative to Miss World. They sent the delegates from 1968 to 1970, 1972, 1975. Femina got the franchise in 1976. Femina also sent delegates to Miss World in 1971 and 1974.
|2014||Koyal Rana||New Delhi||TBA|
|2013||Navneet Kaur Dhillon||Punjab||Top 20||
Interview Round - Top 20
|2012||Vanya Mishra||Punjab||Top 7||
Multimedia Award Winner
Interview Round - Top 16
Beach Fashion - Top 4
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