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Former Ms India - Juhi Chawla

Indian Women and marriages

It is said that:
"Heaven is when you have an American Salary, live in a British house, eat Chinese food and have an Indian Wife
Hell is when you have an American Wife; eat British Food; have a Chinese house and get an Indian Salary"

It is not contempt for the British and the Chinese, but this sounds more right:
"Heaven is when you have an American Salary, an American house and eat Indian food and have an Indian Wife"

Indian marriages are mostly arranged marriages. That might be one reason why divorce rate in India is amongst the lowest in the world. The other reason of course is that Indian women are extremely understanding. Making sacrifices and adjustments are their strongest traits. Apart from winning beauty contests, Indian women like Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi excel in brains too. Viji won an honour in July 2000, by becoming the first Indian women Chess Grand Master (GM).

List of world's most beautiful women
Source: Femina, India

Ms Universe - Lara Dutta


Miss Universe Country
Lara Dutta - Miss Universe 2000


Lara Dutta
Mpule Kwelagobe
Wendy Fitzwilliam
Brook Lee
Alicia Machado
Chelsi Smith
Sushmita Sen

Reita Faria, a young medical student from Mumbai, created history in 1966 by becoming the first Indian to be crowned Miss World. However, it took almost twenty-six years for another Indian to win at an international beauty pageant.

Ms World - Aishwaria Rai


Miss World Country
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Priyanka Chopra
Yukta Mookhey

Linor Abargil
Diana Hayden
Irene Skliva
Jacqueline Aquilera
Aishwarya Rai


History of the beautiful women of India
Source: Femina, India


  • Miss India Universe - Simran Kaur Mundi
  • Miss India World - Parvathy Omanakuttan
  • Miss India Earth - Harshita Saxena



  • Miss India Universe - Puja Gupta
  • Miss India World - Sarah-Jane Dias
  • Miss India Earth - Pooja Chitgopekar



  • Miss India Universe - Neha Kapur, later placed among the top 20 semi-finalists at Miss Universe
  • Miss India World - Natasha Suri, top 17 semi-finalists, second runner up (beach beauty), second runner up (dress designer award), top 10 in (talent round)
  • Miss India Earth - Amruta Patki, 1st runner-up Miss Earth 2006 held in Manila, Philippines



  • Miss India Universe - Amrita
  • Miss India World - Sindhura Gadde, later placed among the top 15 semi-finalists at Miss World
  • Miss India Earth - Niharika



  • Miss India Universe - Tanushree Dutta, later placed among the Top 10 at Miss Universe
  • Miss India World - Sayali Bhagat
  • Miss India Earth - Jyoti Brahmin, later placed among the Top 16 Semifinalists at Miss Earth



  • Miss India Universe - Nikita Anand
  • Miss India World - Ami Vashi, later 3 runner up at Miss World 2003
  • Miss India Earth - Swetha Vijay



  • Miss India Universe - Neha Dhupia, later ninth at Miss Universe. It started with a dream for the tall and slender beauty with dark-brown eyes. Millions of moments later, Neha Dhupia, a true-blue Virgo, sported a smile infused with the fragrance of sweet success.
  • Miss India World - Shruti Sharma semifinalist in miss world 2002
  • Miss India Earth - Reshmi Ghosh



  • Miss India Universe - Celina Jaitley, later fourth runner-up at Miss Universe. The light-eyed lady with an hourglass figure, Celina Jaitley was definitely a crowd puller in the Femina Miss India contest. Little wonder, then, that she walked away with all the laurels and the precious title too.
  • Miss India World - Sara Corner
  • Miss India Earth - Shamita Singha, later fifth place at Miss Earth (first contestant from India ever to compete)



  • Miss India Universe- Lara Dutta, later Miss Universe, 2000 (also Miss Intercontinental 1997). When she wore the crown in the beautiful city of Cyprus, her triumph was best described as deserving. Lara Dutta describes her winning the Miss Universe title as being "a culmination of a dream" content.
  • Miss India World - Priyanka Chopra, later Miss World, 2000. The eighteen-year-old gal from Bareilly, Priyanka Chopra beat out 94 other lovely ladies to claim the Miss World 2000 title. And she sashayed away with $100,000 as prize money at the Millennium dome, London.
  • Miss India Asia-Pacific International- Diya Mirza, later Miss Asia-Pacific, 2000. Think delicacy, poise, elegance and brains. Think Diya Mirza, a heavenly beauty from Hyderabad, who won the prestigious Miss Asia-Pacific title at the beauty pageant held on December 2, 2000, in Manila.
  • Miss India International- Gayatri Joshi, later semifinalist at Miss International 2000



  • Miss India Universe - Gul Panag, later sixth place at Miss Universe. She has tremendous faith in herself. After obtaining a doctorate in developmental economics. She entered the media, inspired by her newsreader aunt, Komal G B Singh. She believes that the possibilities are endless.
  • Miss India World - Yukta Mookhey, later Miss World, 1999. Her serenity and calm shone throughout the pageant. The 5'11'' tall brunette from India took London's Olympia theatre by storm in 1999.
  • Miss India Asia Pacific - Shivangi Parikh. The stage was not new for Shivangi who had modelled for Hemant Trivedi & Achala Sachdev, starred in music videos and also won the Miss Mumbai pageant.



  • Miss India Universe - Lymaraina D'Souza, later seventh place at Miss Universe. How does a 19-year-old collegian who's never worn make-up before and who claims to "eat like a horse" and be "pretty laid-back" get to be Femina Miss India-Universe 1998? Well, Lymaraina D'Souza was clear about her goals. She is pursuing her studies in Psychology in Hawaii.
  • Miss India World - Annie Thomas



  • Miss India Universe - Nafisa Joseph, later tenth place at Miss Universe. Winning the crown did not come as a big surprise to her. She portrayed great confidence at the Miss Universe pageant, and in reply to one of the questions, she said that, to bring a child into the world and not able to offer it peace was the biggest injustice done in the world.
  • Miss India World - Diana Hayden, later Miss World, 1997. This little princess from Hyderabad flew out of the country only to return after being crowned the world's most beautiful woman on November 22, 1997, in Seychelles. And moments after winning the crown, she told that the title meant the world to her.



  • Miss India Universe- Sandhya Chib, later seventh place at Miss Universe, 1996. Years after winning the contest, Sandhya returned and took the stage by storm. Today, Sandhya is a successful model. Luck was not on her side at the Miss Universe pageant where she stood seventh. On her return, she got engaged.
  • Miss India World - Rani Jeyraj, later third runner-up at Miss World, 1996
  • Representative at Miss International - Fleur Dominique Xavier



  • Miss India Universe - Manpreet Brar, later first runner-up at Miss Universe. An MBA student, Manpreet won the Miss Universe Runner-up title. Today, she leads a busy life with ramp shows and shooting for channel [V] as a VJ. She also plans to be a TV producer some day.
  • Miss India World - Preeti Mankotia
  • Representative at Miss International - Priya Gill



  • Miss India Universe - Sushmita Sen, later Miss Universe, 1994. She stunned the universe. And shone on Manila. Euphoria gripped India on May 21, 1994, when, for the first time ever, an Indian girl was crowned Miss Universe, at Manila, Philippines. That's Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994.
  • Miss India World - Aishwarya Rai, later Miss World, 1994. She first caught the audiences' fancy in the Pepsi advertisement with Aamir Khan. Soon after, she won the Femina Miss India title in 1994. She also won the Miss World title, and became the second Indian to be crowned Miss World in 28 years.



  • Miss India - Namrata Shirodkar, later sixth place at Miss Universe. Another model-turned-actress, Namrata had support of her sister Shilpa, who's a celebrated actress in Bollywood. Presently, Namrata is doing films and has a lot of them lined up for release as well.
  • Miss India first runner-up - Karminder Kaur
  • Miss India 2nd Runner-Up - Pooja Batra. Who can miss Anil Kapoor's stunning city-bred girlfriend in the film Virasat or the `Head & Shoulders' advertisement that is flashed on television so often. Today, Pooja devotes her time in doing meaningful roles and good films.



  • Miss India - Madhu Sapre, later second runner-up at Miss Universe, 1992. This leggy lass came within touching distance of the Miss Universe crown but was pipped by her own honesty. She still is the eternal ramp favourite. And now she's writing a book tentatively titled ‘Tuff Girls Don't Talk Englis’. The title says it all.
  • Miss India World - Shyla Lopez
  • Miss India International - Kamal Sandhu

Other prominent Miss India’s

1980 - Sangeeta Bijlani

1984 - Juhi Chawla

1985 - Sonu Walia

1986 - Mehr Jessia


Fast Facts:
- Indian women are the beautiful women on earth. This is an under statement!

- Most Indian marriages are arranged marriages

- Divorce rates in India are amongst the lowest in the world.

- Two of the Miss Universe titles have gone to Indian women.

Four of the Miss World titles have gone to Indian women.

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