“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it………”- Ivan Panin

Miss world doesn’t mean to have a charming appearance or physical beauty; rather it’s all about beauty with brain. Though every young girl craves for the coveted crown of Miss World, but only few of them could make it. The journey of Miss World pageant began in 1951 in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley and since then five Indian divas made us proud by bringing the coveted crown home. Here we present a short sneak-peak of those five Indian beauties who made to the top:

1966: Reita Faria

Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to win Miss World in 1966. She entered the Miss Bombay without expecting to win - but won. Her ramp walk donning a swimsuit with much elan surprised the judges. She impressed the judges with a winning combo of brains and beauty and walked away with the title. In the mid 1960s, Faria was much more than a celebrity. After her one year tenure, 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.

1994: Aishwarya Rai

Doe-eyed beauty Aishwarya Rai lost the Miss India crown to dark horse Sushmita Sen but crowned as Miss World in 1994. She also won Miss Photogenic and voted as the audience favourite contest. Rai took part in the Ford Supermodel Contest and also appeared in Vogue Magazine. She has been on the cover of Vogue three times.

1997: Diana Hayden

After Aishwarya, Diana Hayden flashed in the fashion scene after claiming the Miss World crown in 1997. Born in 1973 in Hyderabad, she comes from an Anglo-Indian family. After winning the pagent, she tried her luck in Bollywood, but failed to carve a niche of her own. Diana Hayden hosts a popular show called "Biography” on History channel.

1999: Yukta Mookhey

Yukta Mookhey was crowned Miss World in December 1999 at the Olympia theatre in London at the age of 20. Giving a tough competition to Miss Venezuela and Miss South Africa, finally this dusky girl from India made it to the top. After a failed Bollywood carrer Yukta tied the knot with Prince Tulli, a financial analyst and Director of the Tuli Group which has a chain of Hotels, Resorts, Malls and Educational institutions in Central India and is now happily leading married life with one son.

2000: Priyanka Chopra:

Priyanka Chopra made the country proud in 2000, when she won the coveted Miss World title. She became the 5th Indian woman to grab the crown, and the 4th in a span of seven years. She took the tried and tested Bollywood road and went places with hits like Dostana, fashion, Aiteaaz and many more.
Now let’s see this year whether Indian girl Vanya Missra could make India proud again or not? Wish Vanya all the best. India is waiting for its next Miss World title desperately.

(JPN)