Femina Miss India

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Femina Miss India
TypeBeauty Pageant
MembershipMiss Universe
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Miss United Continent
Miss Asia Pacific World
Miss Grand International
Official languagesHindi, English
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Femina Miss India
TypeBeauty Pageant
MembershipMiss Universe
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss International
Miss Supranational
Miss United Continent
Miss Asia Pacific World
Miss Grand International
Official languagesHindi, English

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 goes to Miss World, while the first runner up competes in Miss Earth, and the second runner up goes to Miss Supranational.[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 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.


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.


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.[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.PageantTitlesWinning years
1Miss Universe
    1994, 2000
2Miss World
    1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000
3Miss Earth
4Miss InternationalNone
5Miss SupranationalNone
6Miss United ContinentNone
7Miss Asia Pacific World
    2012, 2013
8Miss Heritage WorldNone
9Bride Of The WorldNone
10Miss Asia Pacific International
    1970, 1973, 2000

India representatives to international pageants[edit]

The following women have represented India in international pageants:


Representatives to Miss 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 onward.

2013Manasi MogheMaharashtraTop 10 finalist
2012Shilpa SinghBiharTop 16 finalist
2011Vasuki SunkavalliAndhra PradeshUnplaced
2010Ushoshi SenguptaWest Bengal
2009Ekta ChowdharyHaryana
2008Simran Kaur MundiMaharashtra
2007Puja GuptaDelhiTop 10 finalist
2006Neha KapurDelhiTop 20 finalist
2005Amrita ThaparMaharashtraUnplaced
2004Tanushree DuttaJharkhandTop 10 finalist
2003Nikita AnandDelhiUnplaced
2002Neha DhupiaDelhiTop 10 finalist
2001Celina JaitleyWest Bengal4th Runner-up
2000Lara DuttaDelhiMiss Universe 2000,Best In Swimsuit
1999Gul PanagPunjabTop 10 finalist
1998Lymaraina D'SouzaMaharashtraTop 10 finalist
1997Nafisa JosephKarnatakaTop 10 finalist
1996Sandhya ChibKarnatakaTop 10 finalist
1995Manpreet BrarDelhi1st Runner-up
1994Sushmita SenDelhiMiss Universe 1994
1993Namrata ShirodkarMaharashtraTop 6 finalist
1992Madhu SapreMaharashtra2nd Runner-up
1991Christabelle HowieTamil NaduUnplaced
1990Suzanne SablokMaharashtraSemifinalist
1989Dolly Minhas.ChandigarhUnplaced
1987Priyadarshini PradhanMaharashtra
1986Mehr JessiaMaharashtraUnplaced
1985Sonu WaliaNew Delhi
1984Juhi ChawlaPunjabBest National Costume Award
1983Rekha HandeKarnatakaUnplaced
1982Pamela Chaudry SinghNew Delhi
1981Rachita KumarMaharashtra
1980Sangeeta BijlaniMaharashtraBest National Costume Award
1979Swaroop SampatMaharashtraUnplaced
1978Alamjeet Kaur ChauhanChandigarhBest National Costume Award
1977Bineeta BoseMaharashtraUnplaced
1976Naina Sudhir BalsavarUttar Pradesh
1975Meenakshi KurpadMumbai
1974Shailini Bhavnath DholakiaMaharashtraSemifinalist
1973Farzana HabibMaharashtraSemifinalist
1972Roopa SatyanSemifinalist
1971Raj GillMaharashtraUnplaced
1970Veena SajnaniMaharashtra
1969Kavita BhambhaniMaharashtra
1968Anjum Mumtaz BargMaharashtra
1967Nayyara MirzaNew Delhi
1966Yasmin DajiMaharashtra3rd Runner-up
1965Persis KhambattaMaharashtraUnplaced
1964Meher Castelino MistriMaharashtra
1952Indrani RehmanTamil NaduDebut

Representatives to Miss World[edit]

India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963

2013Navneet Kaur DhillonPunjab
Top 20, Multimedia Award winner
2012Vanya MishraPunjabTop 7 finalist, Beauty With a Purpose winner, Multimedia Award winner
2011Kanishtha DhankharHaryana
Top 30 quarter finalist
2010Manasvi MamgaiUttarakhandUnplaced
2009Pooja ChopraPunjabSemifinalist, Beauty With a Purpose winner
2008Parvathy OmanakuttanKerala1st Runner-up, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific
2007Sarah Jane DiasKarnatakaUnplaced
2006Natasha SuriMaharashtraSemifinalist
2005Sindhura GaddeAndhra PradeshSemifinalist
2004Sayali Bhagat1MaharashtraUnplaced
2003Ami VashiGujaratTop 5 finalist
2002Shruti SharmaUttar PradeshSemifinalist
2001Sara CornerKarnatakaUnplaced
2000Priyanka ChopraJharkhandMiss World 2000
1999Yukta MookheyMaharashtraMiss World 1999
1998Annie ThomasKeralaUnplaced
1997Diana HaydenAndhra PradeshMiss World 1997,Miss Photogenic, Spectacular swimwear
1996Rani JeyrajTamil naduTop 5 finalist, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific,Spectacular Evening Gown
1995Preeti MankotiaKarnatakaUnplaced
1994Aishwarya RaiKarnatakaMiss World 1994, Miss Photogenic
1993Karminder Kaur-VirkChandigarhUnplaced,Best in National costume
1992Shyla LopezKarnataka
1991Ritu SinghNew DelhiSemifinalist
1990Naveeda MehdiMaharashtraUnplaced
1989Shabnam PatelMaharashtra
1988Anuradha KotturMaharashtra
1987Manisha KohliMaharashtra
1986Maureen Mary LestourgeonMaharashtra
1985Sharon Mary ClarkeMaharashtra
1984Suchita KumarMaharashtra
1983Sweety GrewalMaharashtra
1982Uttara Mhatre KherMaharashtra
1981Deepti DivakarAndhra Pradesh
1980Elizabeth Anita ReddiAndhra PradeshSemifinalist
1979Raina Winifred MendonicaMaharashtraUnplaced
1978Kalpana IyerMaharashtraSemifinalist
1977Veena PrakashWithdrew in protest against the presence of a white Miss South Africa
1976Naina BalsavarWithdrew
1975Anjana SoodMaharashtraSemifinalist
1974Kiran DholakiaMaharashtraUnplaced
1972Malathi BasappaKarnataka4th Runner-up
1971Prema NarayanAndhra PradeshUnplaced
1970Heather Corinne FavilleMaharashtraSemifinalist
1969Adina ShellimMaharashtraUnplaced
1968Jane CoelhoNew Delhi
1966Reita FariaMaharashtraMiss World 1966
1962Ferial KarimMaharashtraSemifinalist
1961Veronica Leonora TorcatoMaharashtraUnplaced
1960Iona PintoMaharashtra
1959Fleur EzekielMaharashtraDebut

Titleholders Notes[edit]

Representatives to Miss Earth[edit]

YearRepresentativeStateRankingSpecial Awards
2013Sobhita DhulipalaAndhra PradeshUnplacedMiss Photogenic, Miss Eco Beauty
2012Prachi MishraUttar PradeshUnplacedMiss Friendship, Miss Congeniality
2011Hasleen KaurPunjabUnplaced
2010Nicole FariaKarnatakaMiss Earth 2010Miss Talent
2009Shriya KishoreMaharashtraTop 16 Semifinalist
2008Tanvi Vyas2GujaratUnplaced
2007Pooja ChitgopekarKarnataka1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)
2006Amruta PatkiMaharashtra1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)Best in Long Gown
2005Niharika SinghUttarakhandUnplaced
2004Jyoti BrahminWest BengalTop 16 Semifinalist
2003Shweta VijayKeralaUnplaced
2002Reshmi GhoshWest BengalUnplaced
2001Shamita SinghaMaharashtraTop 10 SemifinalistBest in National Costume

Representatives to Miss International[edit]

India did not send delegates to Miss International in 1963 -1967, 1972, 1977, 1989, 1990.

2013Gurleen GrewalPunjabUnplaced
2012Rochelle Maria RaoTamilnaduTop 15 Semifinalist
2011Ankita ShoreyJammu & KashmirUnplaced
2010Neha HingeMadhya PradeshTop 15 Semifinalist
2009Harshita SaxenaGoaUnplaced
2008Radha BrahmbhattGujarat, Northwood, London
2007Esha GuptaDelhi
2006Sonali SehgalWest BengalSemifinalist
2005Vaishali DesaiMaharashtraUnplaced
2004Mihika VermaMaharashtraSemifinalist
2003Shonali NagraniNew Delhi1st Runner-up
2002Gauhar KhanMaharashtraUnplaced
2001Kanwal ToorNew DelhiSemifinalist
2000Gayatri JoshiMaharashtraSemifinalist
1999Srikrupa MuraliKarnatakaUnplaced
1998Shwetha JaishankerTamil Nadu2nd Runner-up
1997Diya AbrahamKerala1st Runner-up
1996Fleur XavierMaharashtraUnplaced
1995Priya GillMaharashtra
1994Fransesca HartMaharashtra
1993Pooja BatraPunjabSemifinalist
1992Kamal SandhuNew DelhiUnplaced
1991Preeti MankotiaKarnatakaSemifinalist
1988Shikha SwaroopMaharashtraUnplaced
1987Erika Maria de SouzaMaharashtraSemifinalist
1986Poonam Pahlet GidwantMaharashtraUnplaced
1985Vinita Seshadri VasanBangalore
1984Nalanda Ravindra BhandarWest BengalSemifinalist
1983Sahila ChadhaPunjabUnplaced
1982Betty O'ConnorMaharashta
1981Meenakshi SeshadriTamil Nadu
1980Ulrika Karen BredemeyerMaharashtra
1979Nita PintoMaharashtra
1978Sabita DhanrajgirPunjab
1976Nafisa AliMaharashtra2nd Runner-up
1975Indira Maria BredemeyerMaharashtra2nd Runner-up
1974Leslie Jean HartnettNew DelhiUnplaced
1972Indira MuthannaKarnataka
1971Samita MukherjeeWest Bengal
1970Patricia D'SouzaNew DelhiSemifinalist
1969Wendy Leslie VazMaharashtraUnplaced
1968Sumita SenWest BengalSemifinalist
1962Sheila ChonkarMaharashtraUnplaced
1961Diana ValentineNew Delhi
1960Iona PintoMaharashtra1st Runner-up

Representatives to Miss Supranational[edit]

YearRepresentativeStateRankingSpecial Awards
2013Vijaya SharmaDelhiTop 20Top 18 in Miss Internet
2012Gunjan SainiDelhiTop 12 in Best Talent & 1st Runner-up in Miss Internet
2011Michelle AlmeidaMumbaiTop 10Miss Asia & Oceania Continental 2011 & Miss Internet


Representatives to Miss United Continent[edit]

YearRepresentativeStateRankingSpecial Awards
2013Purva RanaHimachal PradeshVice Queen3rd in Best National Costume

Representatives to Miss Asia Pacific World[edit]

YearRepresentativeStateRankingSpecial Awards
2011Tanvi SinglaKarnataka3rd Runner Up
2012Himangini Singh YaduHydrabadMiss Asia Pacific World 2012Best Swimming Costume
2013Srishti RanaDelhiMiss Asia Pacific World 2013Miss Personality and Best National Costume

Representatives to Miss Heritage World[edit]

YearRepresentativeStateRankingSpecial Awards
2013Swati KainDelhi1st Runner-Up

Representatives to Bride Of The World[edit]

YearRepresentativeStateRankingSpecial Awards
2014Anukriti GusainUttarakhand

Representatives to Miss Asia Pacific International[edit]

2005Simran ChandokUnplaced, Best dancer
2003Shonal Rawat1st Runner-up, Miss friendship, Miss talent, Miss Congeniality
2002Tina Chatwal2nd Runner-up, Miss internet
2001Maheshwari ThiagaranjanUnplaced
2000Dia MirzaMiss Asia Pacific 2000, Miss close up smile, Miss avon
1999Shivangi ParikkhUnplaced
1998Vikkitha Aggarwal
1997Divya Chauhan1st Runner-up, Best in Evening gown
1996Mini MenonTop 10 semifinalist
1995Ruchi Malhotra1st Runner-up, Best in Evening gown
1994Shweta MenonTop 10 semifinalist
1993Namrata Shirodkar1st Runner-up, Best in Evening gown
1992Mehroo Jal MistryUnplaced
1989Anuradha RamaniUnplaced
1988Viola AntonyUnplaced
1987Jasleem KaurUnplaced
1986Ana VasanUnplaced
1985Seema MalhotraSemifinalist
1983Monica LakhmanaUnplaced
1982Aparna SharmaUnplaced
1981Mehjabeen Ayub KhanUnplaced, Miss Talent
1980Upneet PannuUnplaced
1979Maureen Mary Lestourgeon1st Runner-up
1978Preeti KoppikarUnplaced, Best national costume, Miss Talent
1977Marianne De Souza1st Runner-up
1976Anna Adriane Bredemeyer2nd Runner-up
1975Seema MarwahaUnplaced
1974Marilyn Theresa Ferreira
1973Tara Anne FonsecaMiss Asia Pacific 1973
1972Samita MukherjeeUnplaced
1971Urmila Sanandan
1970Zeenat AmanMiss Asia Pacific 1970, Miss Photogenic
1969Tasneem Fakir MohammedUnplaced
1968Anabella CrawfordUnplaced, Miss Talent

Photographs of international titleholders:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Devi, Kanchana (28 March 2012). "Miss India 2012: Who will win this time?". Truth Dive. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "50 YEARS OF MISS INDIA: HIGHS AND LOWS!". Times of India. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Hindu News Update Service". The Hindu. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Miss India Earth to fight for crown in court – Movies News". ibnlive. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  6. ^ "30 contestants gear up for Miss Universe". Hindustan Times. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Returns Crown". 
  8. ^ "Pandit returns Miss India-World crown". Rediff.com. 31 March 2004. 

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