Reita Faria

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Reita Faria
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born 1945 (age 68–69)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Model, Doctor
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Title(s) Eve's Weekly Miss India 1966
Miss World 1966
Eve's Weekly Miss India 1966
Miss World 1966
Spouse Dr. David Powell(m.1971)
Children 2

Reita Faria Powell[1] (born c. 1945)[2] was the first Indian and Asian to win the Miss World title in the year of 1966. She is the only Miss World who qualified as a doctor during her reign.


Faria was born in Mumbai. After winning the Miss Mumbai Crown earlier that year, she won the Eve's Weekly Miss India contest (not to be confused with the Femina Miss India competition, won that year by Yasmin Daji).

After her one-year tenure as Miss World, she refused modeling and films and instead concentrated on medical studies. Reita Faria was a student at the Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals where she completed her M.B.B.S. degree. Thereafter she went on to study at King's College Hospital, London. She married her mentor David Powell in 1971, and in 1973, the couple shifted to Dublin, where she started her medical practice.[3]

Reita was a judge at Femina Miss India in 1998, and has come back to judge the Miss World competition on a few occasions. For instance she was a judge along with Demis Roussos at the Miss World final of 1976 held in London where Cindy Breakespeare was crowned Miss World.

Personal life[edit]

She now lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, endocrinologist David Powell, whom she married in 1971.[4] They have two children and five grandchildren.[5]