Femina Miss India
|Femina Miss India|
Miss United Continent
Miss Asia Pacific World
Miss Heritage World
Bride of the World
|Official languages||Standard Hindi, English|
|National director||Marc Robinson|
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 vies in Miss World, the first runner up competes in Miss Earth, and the second runner up goes to compete in Miss International. It is organised by Femina, a women's magazine published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. In previous years, the top three finalists were variously crowned Miss India World, Miss India Universe and Miss India Earth/International/Asia-Pacific.
Femina Miss India used to select a winner and two runners up who were then sent to Miss Universe, Miss World, 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. 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 Femina Miss India awarded the franchise back after I AM She – Miss Universe India concluded their contract with Miss Universe Organization. It announced that Miss Universe India will be produced in isolation and as a separate pageant to select India's representative to Miss Universe. The pageant is called Indian Diva.
The 50th edition of Ponds Femina Miss India 2013 was held in Mumbai on 24 March 2013. The show was telecast live on Colors (TV channel).
- 1 History
- 2 International pageants
- 3 Controversies
- 4 By number of wins
- 5 Representatives
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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 only other country to have won all three major titles in one year was 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 the year 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||
|8||Miss Asia Pacific International||
||1970, 1973, 2000|
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 Indian Diva 2013 is held to send delegates from 2013 onward.
|2013||Manasi Moghe||Maharashtra||Top 10 finalist|
|2008||Simran Kaur Mundi||Punjab|
|2007||Puja Gupta||Delhi||Top 10 finalist|
|2006||Neha Kapur||Delhi||Top 20 finalist|
|2004||Tanushree Dutta||Jharkhand||Top 10 finalist|
|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|
|1985||Sonu Walia||New Delhi|
|1984||Juhi Chawla||Punjab||Best National Costume Award|
|1982||Pamela Chaudry Singh||New Delhi|
|1980||Sangeeta Bijlani||Maharashtra||Best National Costume Award|
|1978||Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan||Chandigarh||Best National Costume Award|
|1976||Naina Sudhir Balsavar||Uttar Pradesh|
|1974||Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia||Maharashtra||Semifinalist|
|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||Debut|
India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963
|2013||Navneet Kaur Dhillon||Punjab||
|2012||Vanya Mishra||Chandigarh||Top 7 finalist, Beauty With a Purpose winner, Multimedia Award winner|
|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|
|2005||Sindhura Gadde||Andhra Pradesh||Semifinalist|
|2003||Ami Vashi||Gujarat||Top 5 finalist|
|2002||Shruti Sharma||Uttar Pradesh||Semifinalist|
|2000||Priyanka Chopra||Jharkhand||Miss World 2000|
|1999||Yukta Mookhey||Maharashtra||Miss World 1999|
|1997||Diana Hayden||Andhra Pradesh||Miss World 1997,Miss Photogenic, Spectacular swimwear|
|1996||Rani Jeyraj||Tamil nadu||3rd Runner-up, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific,Spectacular Evening Gown|
|1994||Aishwarya Rai||Karnataka||Miss World 1994,Miss Photogenic|
|1993||Karminder Kaur-Virk||Chandigarh||Unplaced,Best in National costume|
|1991||Ritu Singh||New Delhi||Semifinalist|
|1986||Maureen Mary Lestourgeon||Maharashtra|
|1985||Sharon Mary Clarke||Maharashtra|
|1982||Uttara Mhatre Kher||Maharashtra|
|1981||Deepti Divakar||Andhra Pradesh|
|1980||Elizabeth Anita Reddi||Andhra Pradesh||Semifinalist|
|1979||Raina Winifred Mendonica||Maharashtra||Unplaced|
|1977||Veena Prakash||Withdrew in protest against the presence of a white Miss South Africa|
|1972||Malathi Basappa||Karnataka||4th Runner-up|
|1971||Prema Narayan||Andhra Pradesh||Unplaced|
|1970||Heather Corinne Faville||Maharashtra||Semifinalist|
|1968||Jane Coelho||New Delhi|
|1966||Reita Faria||Maharashtra||Miss World 1966|
|1961||Veronica Leonora Torcato||Maharashtra||Unplaced|
|2013||Sobhita Dhulipala||Andhra Pradesh||Unplaced||Miss Photogenic, Miss Eco Beauty|
|2012||Prachi Mishra||Uttar Pradesh||Unplaced||Miss Friendship|
|2010||Nicole Faria||Karnataka||Miss Earth 2010||Miss Talent|
|2009||Shriya Kishore||Maharashtra||Top 16 Semifinalist|
|2007||Pooja Chitgopekar||Karnataka||1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)|
|2006||Amruta Patki||Maharashtra||1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)||Best in Long Gown|
|2004||Jyoti Brahmin3||West Bengal||Top 16 Semifinalist|
|2002||Reshmi Ghosh||West Bengal||Unplaced|
|2001||Shamita Singha||Maharashtra||Top 10 Semifinalist||Best in National Costume|
India did not send delegates to Miss International in 1963 -1967, 1972, 1977, 1989, 1990.
|2012||Rochelle Maria Rao||Tamilnadu||Top 15 Semifinalist|
|2011||Ankita Shorey||Jammu & Kashmir||Unplaced|
|2010||Neha Hinge||Madhya Pradesh||Top 15 Semifinalist|
|2008||Radha Brahmbhatt||Gujarat, Northwood, London|
|2006||Sonali Sehgal||West Bengal||Semifinalist|
|2003||Shonali Nagrani||New Delhi||1st Runner-up|
|2001||Kanwal Toor||New Delhi||Semifinalist|
|1998||Shwetha Jaishanker||Tamil Nadu||2nd Runner-up|
|1997||Diya Abraham||Kerala||1st Runner-up|
|1992||Kamal Sandhu||New Delhi||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|
|1981||Meenakshi Seshadri||Tamil Nadu|
|1980||Ulrika Karen Bredemeyer||Maharashtra|
|1976||Nafisa Ali||Maharashtra||2nd Runner-up|
|1975||Indira Maria Bredemeyer||Maharashtra||2nd Runner-up|
|1974||Leslie Jean Hartnett||New Delhi||Unplaced|
|1971||Samita Mukherjee||West Bengal|
|1970||Patricia D'Souza||New Delhi||Semifinalist|
|1969||Wendy Leslie Vaz||Maharashtra||Unplaced|
|1968||Sumita Sen||West Bengal||Semifinalist|
|1961||Diana Valentine||New Delhi|
|1960||Iona Pinto||Maharashtra||1st Runner-up|
|2013||Vijaya Sharma||Delhi||Top 20||Top 18 in Miss Internet|
|2013||Purva Rana||Himachal Pradesh||Vice Queen||3rd in Best National Costume|
- In 2012 India won Miss Asia Pacific World by Himangini Singh Yadu, but she was sent by I Am She organization not Femina Miss India.
|2013||Shristi Rana||Haryana||Miss Asia Pacific World 2013||Winner Best National Costume, Miss Personality|
Miss Heritage World
Bride of The World
|2003||Shonal Rawat||1st Runner-up|
|2002||Tina Chatwal||2nd Runner-up|
|2000||Dia Mirza||Miss Asia Pacific 2000|
|1997||Divya Chauhan||1st Runner-up|
|1996||Mini Menon||Top 10 semifinalist|
|1995||Ruchi Malhotra||1st Runner-up|
|1994||Shweta Menon||Top 10 semifinalist|
|1993||Namrata Shirodkar||1st Runner-up|
|1992||Mehroo Jal Mistry||Unplaced|
|1981||Mehjabeen Ayub Khan|
|1979||Maureen Mary Lestourgeon||1st Runner-up|
|1977||Marianne De Souza||1st Runner-up|
|1976||Anna Adriane Bredemeyer||2nd Runner-up|
|1974||Marilyn Theresa Ferreira|
|1973||Tara Anne Fonseca||Miss Asia Pacific 1973|
|1970||Zeenat Aman||Miss Asia Pacific 1970|
|1969||Tasneem Fakir Mohammed||Unplaced|
Photographs of international titleholders:
Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994
Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000
Aishwarya Rai, Miss World 1994
Diana Hayden, Miss World 1997
Yukta Mookhey, Miss World 1999
Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000
Nicole Faria, Miss Earth 2010
Zeenat Aman, Miss Asia Pacific 1970
Dia Mirza, Miss Asia Pacific 2000
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- "50 YEARS OF MISS INDIA: HIGHS AND LOWS!". Times of India. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
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- 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.
- "Miss India Earth to fight for crown in court – Movies News". ibnlive. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "30 contestants gear up for Miss Universe". Hindustan Times. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "Returns Crown".
- "Pandit returns Miss India-World crown". Rediff.com. 31 March 2004.