Miss Diva

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Miss Diva
PredecessorI Am She - Miss Universe India
(2010 – 2012)
Femina Miss India
(1964 – 2009)
Formation2013
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersMumbai
Location
Membership
Official language
Hindi and English
Parent organization
Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd.

Miss Diva is a part of Femina Miss India pageant that primarily selects India's representatives to Miss Universe, one of the Big Four major international beauty pageants.[1][2] The pageant also sends representative to Miss Supranational.[3]

The reigning Miss Diva (Miss Diva Universe 2020) titleholder is Adline Castelino who was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Vartika Singh.

History[edit]

After Miss Universe Organization awarded back the franchise to Bennett, Coleman and Co., a separate pageant Miss Diva was conducted to send India's representatives to Miss Universe. In earlier days Femina Miss India used to send its winner to compete at Miss Universe pageant. But in 2010, a separate pageant, I Am She - Miss Universe India was conducted by Tantra Entertainment Private limited, in collaboration with former Miss Universe and popular Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen, to send India's representatives to Miss Universe.

After 2012, Sushmita Sen and Tantra entertainment announced they would be relinquishing the license for Miss Universe and hence Miss Diva - 2013 was organized by Femina Miss India Organization.[4][5]

Miss Diva Universe 2013 Manasi Moghe, the first winner of Miss Diva pageant, later placed in the Top 10 at Miss Universe 2013

The first Miss Diva pageant was held on 5 September 2013 in Mumbai. Fourteen candidates were shortlisted from all across the country to compete at the main event. Manasi Moghe from Mumbai was crowned the first ever "Miss Diva Universe 2013" by Miss Asia Pacific 1970 and Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman, while Gurleen Grewal from Punjab was crowned "Miss Diva International 2013" by Miss Universe Canada 2012, Sahar Biniaz[6] and Srishti Rana from Faridabad was crowned "Miss Diva Asia Pacific World 2013" by Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon.[7][8]

In 2019, Liva Fluid Fashion obtained the sponsorship rights for the Miss Diva pageant and the first edition under their support was scheduled be held in 2020. Since there was no pageant in 2019, Indian representatives for international pageants were appointed by the Miss India Organization. Preceding Miss Diva delegates, Vartika Singh and Shefali Sood were selected to compete in Miss Universe 2019 and Miss Supranational 2019 respectively.[9][10]

International pageants[edit]

In 2013, Srishti Rana won Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 and became the second Indian to win the title. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Himangini Singh Yadu from India as well.[11][12] This gave India a back-to-back victory in the pageant. Rana is the first ever Miss Diva winner to win any international title.[13] In 2014, India again won the pageant, making it the only country to win any international pageant three years in a row.[14] (Many other countries such as South Africa have won consecutive pageant awards).

In 2014, Asha Bhat competed at the sixth edition of Miss Supranational and won the pageant.[15] Asha is the first Indian and second Asian to win the said pageant.[16] In 2016, Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty was sent to Miss Supranational in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland and she won the title of Miss Supranational 2016.[17] India is the first country to win Miss Supranational twice and both delegates were sent by Miss Diva.[18]

Representatives at international pageants[edit]

Color key
Winner Runner-up Finalist/Semi-finalist Unplaced

Miss Universe[edit]

Miss Diva was introduced by Femina Miss India to select delegates to represent India at Miss Universe. The pageant is organized by the Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd. annually and the first edition of Miss Diva was held in 2013.[19]

Year Representative State Placement Award or sub-title
2020 Adline Castelino Karnataka TBA TBA
2019 Vartika Singh Uttar Pradesh Top 20
2018 Nehal Chudasama Gujarat Unplaced
2017 Shraddha Shashidhar Tamil Nadu Unplaced
2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy Karnataka Unplaced
2015 Urvashi Rautela Uttarakhand Unplaced
2014 Noyonita Lodh Karnataka Top 15 Best National Costume - Top 5
2013 Manasi Moghe Maharashtra Top 10

Miss Supranational[edit]

The Times Group acquired the rights to send India's representatives to Miss Supranational in 2013.[20] From the year 2016, the first runner-up of Miss Diva is announced as Miss Supranational India.[21][22]

Year Representative State Placement Award or sub-title
2020 Aavriti Choudhary Madhya Pradesh TBA TBA
2019 Shefali Sood Uttar Pradesh Top 25 (Placed 16th) Miss Influencer - Top 10
2018 Aditi Hundia Rajasthan Top 25 (Placed 19th)
2017 Peden Ongmu Namgyal Sikkim Top 25 (Placed 24th) Miss Talent - 2nd Runner-up
Best in Swimsuit - 3rd Runner-up
2016 Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty Karnataka Miss Supranational 2016 Miss Supranational Asia and Oceania
Miss Mobstar - 3rd Runner-up
2015 Afreen Rachel Vaz Karnataka Top 10 Miss Supranational - Asia and Oceania
Top Model - Top 10
Miss Internet - 1st Runner Up
Best National Costume - Top 10.
2014 Asha Bhat Karnataka Miss Supranational 2014 Miss Talent
Miss Internet - Top 5
2013 Vijaya Sharma New Delhi Top 20

Previous franchises[edit]

Below are the names of delegates and the international pageants who's franchise was previously owned by the Times Group. Femina Miss India/Miss Diva no longer selects India's representatives for the below listed pageants.

Miss International[edit]

From 1991, The Times Group had the franchise for selecting India's representatives to Miss International. In 2013, Miss Diva runner-up was sent as India's delegate.[23][24]

Year Representative State Placement Award or title
2013 Gurleen Grewal Maharashtra Unplaced Miss Internet
(1st Runner up)

Miss Earth[edit]

Since the first edition of Miss Earth in 2001, to the year 2013, The Times Group selected India's representatives to the pageant. A runner-up of Miss Diva was sent to Miss Earth in the year 2014.[25]

Year Representative State Placement Award or title
2014 Alankrita Sahai New Delhi Unplaced Miss Eco - Beauty (Top 10)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Miss Earth Pagudpud
1st place, gold medalist(s) Miss Hannah's Beach Resort Best in Casual Wear
1st place, gold medalist(s) Best Evening Gown
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Miss Photogenic
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Beauty for a Cause
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Best in Swimsuit
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Best National Costume

Miss Asia Pacific World[edit]

The Times Group selected representatives for this pageant in 2013 and 2014. Miss Diva 2013 runner-up, Srishti Rana won the title of Miss Asia Pacific World 2013.[26][27]

Year Representative State Placement Award or title
2013 Srishti Rana Maharashtra Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Best National Costume

Titleholders[edit]

Year Title Winner
2020 Miss Universe India Adline Castelino
Miss Supranational India Aavriti Choudhary
Runner-up Neha Jaiswal
2019 Miss Universe India Vartika Singh
Miss Supranational India Shefali Sood
2018 Miss Universe India Nehal Chudasama
Miss Supranational India Aditi Hundia
Runner-up Roshni Sheoran
2017 Miss Universe India Shraddha Shashidhar
Miss Supranational India Peden Ongmu Namgyal
Runner-up Apeksha Porwal
2016 Miss Universe India Roshmitha Harimurthy
Miss Supranational India Srinidhi Shetty
Runner-up Aaradhana Buragohain
2015 Miss Universe India Urvashi Rautela
1st Runner-up Natasha Assadi
2nd Runner-up Naveli Deshmukh
2014 Miss Universe India Noyonita Lodh
Miss Earth India Alankrita Sahai
Miss Supranational India Asha Bhat
2013 Miss Universe India Manasi Moghe
Miss International India Gurleen Grewal
Miss Asia Pacific World India Srishti Rana

Miss Diva editions[edit]

Year Presenters Shortlisted Contestants Date Venue
2013 Vivan Bhatena
Mantra
14 5 September 2013 Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai, India
2014 Lara Dutta 15 14 October 2014 Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai, India
2015 Cyrus Sahukar 16 14 October 2015 Sahara Star, Mumbai, India
2016 Lara Dutta
Vir Das
16 1 September 2016 Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Mumbai, India
2017 Malaika Arora Khan 15 11 October 2017 Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai, India
2018 Malaika Arora Khan,
Sophie Chaudhary
19 31 August 2018 NSCI - National Sports Club of India , Mumbai,
2019 Shamita Singha 02 26 September 2019 Rocky Star Cocktail Bar
2020 Malaika Arora Khan
Sachin Kumbhar
20 22 February 2020 Yash Raj Studio, Andheri West, Mumbai

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