Femina Miss India

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Femina Miss India
Formation 1964
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Mumbai
Membership Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Miss United Continent
Miss Asia Pacific International(1968 - 2005)
Miss Asia Pacific World(2013)
Miss Heritage(2013)
Official language Hindi, English
Parent organization Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd.
Subsidiaries Miss Diva
Website feminamissindia.indiatimes.com

Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete globally.[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 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.[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.

In 2013, Miss Universe Organization awarded back the franchise to Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, a separate pageant Miss Diva 2013 was conducted to send representative to Miss Universe.

Since 2013, Femina Miss India organizes Miss Diva a separate pageant to select India's representatives to Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss Supranational.


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.

In 2012, Himangini Singh Yadu won Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 and became first Indian and Asian to win the pageant. She was sent by I Am She - Miss Universe India pageant.

In 2013, Srishti Rana won Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 giving India a rare back to back victory. She is the second Indian and first Femina Miss India Winner to win Miss Asia Pacific World Crown


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 Miss Asia Pacific International
    1970, 1973, 2000

Number of Placements and Best results at various International Pageants[edit]

S. No. Pageant Placements Best Result
1 Miss Universe
    Winner (1994, 2000)
2 Miss World
    Winner (1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000)
3 Miss Earth
    Winner (2010)
4 Miss International
    1st Runner Up (1960, 1997, 2003)
5 Miss Supranational
    Top 10 (2011)
6 Miss United Continent
    Vice Queen/Virreina (2013)
7 Miss Asia Pacific World
    Winner (2012, 2013)
8 Miss Heritage
    1st Runner Up (2013)
9 Miss Asia Pacific International
   Winner (1970, 1973, 2000)

India representatives to international pageants[edit]

The following women have represented India in international pageants:

Winner Vice Queen/Virreina Runner Up Finalist/Semifinalist Unplaced

Representatives as Miss India 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 onwards.

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2014 TBA
2013 Manasi Moghe Maharashtra Top 10
2012 Shilpa Singh Bihar Top 16
2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli Hyderabad
2010 Ushoshi Sengupta Kolkata
2009 Ekta Chowdhary Haryana
2008 Simran Kaur Mundi Maharashtra
National Costume - Group Winner
Best in Swimsuit - Top 5
Charming Áo dài - Top 5
2007 Puja Gupta New Delhi Top 10
2006 Neha Kapur New Delhi Top 20
2005 Amrita Thapar Punjab
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
1989 Dolly Minhas Punjab
1987 Priyadarshini Pradhan Maharashtra
1986 Mehr Jessia Maharashtra
1985 Sonu Walia New Delhi
1984 Juhi Chawla Punjab
Best National Costume Award
1983 Rekha Hande Karnataka
1982 Pamela Chaudry Singh New Delhi
1981 Rachita Kumar Maharashtra
1980 Sangeeta Bijlani Maharashtra
Best National Costume Award
1979 Swaroop Sampat Maharashtra
1978 Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan Punjab
Best National Costume Award
1977 Bineeta Bose Maharashtra
1976 Naina Sudhir Balsavar Uttar Pradesh
1975 Meenakshi Kurpad Mumbai
1974 Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia Maharashtra Top 12
1973 Farzana Habib Maharashtra Top 12
1972 Roopa Satyan New Delhi Top 12
1971 Raj Gill Maharashtra
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
1964 Meher Castelino Mistri Maharashtra
1952 Indrani Rehman Tamil Nadu

Winners Notes[edit]

Representatives to Miss World[edit]

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.

Year Representative State Ranking Special Awards
2014 Koyal Rana New Delhi TBA
2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon Punjab Top 20
Multimedia Award Winner
Beauty With a Purpose Top 10
Interview Round - Top 20
2012 Vanya Mishra Punjab Top 7
Beauty With a Purpose Award Winner
Multimedia Award Winner
Interview Round - Top 16
Beach Fashion - Top 4
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