Femina Miss India

Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete in Miss World, one of the Big Four major international beauty pageants.[1] It is organised by Femina, a women's magazine published by The Times Group. Since 2013, Femina also organizes Miss Diva separately which sends representatives to Miss Universe.[2][3]

Femina Miss India
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersMumbai
Location
Membership
Official language
Hindi, English
OwnerVineet Jain
Key people
Vineet Jain
Natasha Grover
Parent organisation
The Times Group
SubsidiariesFemina Miss India Delhi
Femina Miss India Bangalore
Femina Miss India Kolkata
Campus Princess
Websitefeminamissindia.indiatimes.com

The reigning Femina Miss India (Femina Miss India World) titleholder is Suman Rao who was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Anukreethy Vas.

History

 
Miss India 1947 Esther Victoria Abraham

The first Miss India was Pramila (Esther Victoria Abraham), from Calcutta, who won in 1947.[4][5] It was organised by the local press.

 
Indrani Rehman after being crowned Miss India 1952. She was the first Indian woman to participate in the Miss Universe held in the United States in 1952
 
Miss India 1952, Indrani Rehman with former Indian Congress leader S.K. Patil, and two of the sponsors of the Miss India contest of 1952
 
Miss India 1952 Contestants posing for the photographers at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Miss India 1952 winner, Indrani Rahman (third from left) and the Runner-up Suryakumari (sixth from left)

In 1952, two Miss India pageants were held, Indrani Rehman and Nutan were the winners of the pageant.[6] Nutan was crowned as Miss Mussorie.[7] The pageant was held by the local press. Indrani Rehman was crowned at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in the month of April 1952. Indrani later represented India at Miss Universe 1952, the inaugural edition of Miss Universe pageant.[8]

In 1953, Peace Kanwal from Punjab was crowned Miss India 1953 at KARDAR-KOLYNOS Pageant. The pageant was organised by Abdur Rashid Kardar.[9] She later established herself as a Bollywood actress.[10]

In 1954, Leela Naidu from Maharashtra was declared Miss India, and the same year was featured in Vogue magazine's list of the world's ten most beautiful women.[11]

There was no Miss India pageant from 1955 to 1958. In 1959, Eve's Weekly organised its very first Miss India contest called Eve's Weekly Miss India to send India's representatives to the Miss World pageant. Fleur Ezekiel was crowned the eventual winner. She represented India at Miss World 1959 held in London, United Kingdom.

The first ever Femina Miss India pageant was held in year 1964. Meher Castelino Mistri of Maharashtra was crowned the first ever Femina Miss India. She was chosen to represent India at Miss Universe 1964 held in the United States and Miss Nations 1964 held in Spain.[12]

Reita Faria was the first Miss India ever to win any international beauty pageant. She was crowned Miss World 1966 in London, United Kingdom.[13] She was the winner of Eve's Weekly Miss India contest. The same year Femina Miss India winner Yasmin Daji represented India at Miss Universe 1966 and was crowned 3rd Runner-up at the event. She was the first ever Femina Miss India Winner to get placed at any international beauty pageant.[14]

Zeenat Aman was the first ever Femina Miss India titleholder to win an international pageant. She was crowned Femina Miss India Asia Pacific and went on to win Miss Asia Pacific 1970 held in Philippines.[15]

In 1993 Miss Femina India, Vaishali Sood, daughter of Cdr Sood, who was the winner of the 1991 Navy May Queen Ball, stood second runner up. She went on to act in a Bollywood Movie, Mr Bond, starring Akshay Kumar.[citation needed]

In 2002, the third winner was designated to Miss Earth instead of Miss Asia Pacific.[16]

In 2010, after the I Am She - Miss Universe India acquired the rights to send India's representatives to Miss Universe, Femina Miss India crowned three winners as Femina Miss India World, Femina Miss India Earth and Femina Miss India International, the third winner representend India in Miss International pageant.[17]

In 2010, 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 participated in the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 to 2012.[17]

India in international pageants


International pageants

Current franchises
Pageant Year(s) competed
Miss Universe 1964–1987, 1989–2009, 2013–present
Miss World 1971, 1974, 1976–present
Miss Supranational 2013–present
Miss United Continent 2013–present
Miss Grand International 2015–present
Miss Intercontinental 2017
Former franchises
Pageant Year(s) competed
Miss International 1991–2014
Miss Earth 2001–2014
Miss Universal Peace and Humanity 2014
Miss Asia Pacific World 2013
Miss Heritage 2013
Miss Tourism International 1994, 2006
Miss Asia Pacific International 1968–2005
Miss Tourism 2005, 2007
Miss Teenage Intercontinental 1975–1978
Miss World Amber / Miss Ambar Del Mundo 1978
International Teen Princess 1974, 1970
Queen of Pacific 1969–1972, 1974, 1975
Miss Nations 1964
 
Pooja Chitgopekar, Femina Miss India Earth 2007 and Miss Earth Air 2007 during Miss Earth 2007
 
Femina Miss India 2008 (from left to right) Harshita Saxena (Resigned-Femina Miss India Earth 2008), Parvathy Omanakuttan (Femina Miss India World 2008) and Simran Kaur Mundi (Femina Miss India Universe 2008)
 
Femina Miss India 2011 winners (from left to right) Hasleen Kaur (Femina Miss India Earth 2011), Kanishtha Dhankar (Femina Miss India World 2011) and Ankita Shorey (Femina Miss India International 2011)

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.[6]

In the 1970s, 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.[citation needed] Later in 1991, Femina Miss India also acquired the rights to send India's representatives to Miss International pageant.[18]

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 designated winners with equal visibility, equal prizes and responsibilities, and were crowned as Femina Miss India-Universe, Femina Miss India-World, and Femina Miss India-Asia Pacific and a finalist was sent to Miss International.[citation needed] 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 and a finalist was sent to Miss International.

From 2007 to 2009, three equal winners were selected going to Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Earth.[19][20] In 2010, I Am She - Miss Universe India acquired the rights to send India's representatives to Miss Universe. Later, in 2013 The Times Group again acquired the rights to send India's representatives to Miss Universe and launched a new pageant for Miss Universe named Miss Diva.

In 1970, Zeenat Aman won Miss Asia Pacific 1970. She became the first Indian and South Asian woman to win the title.[21]

The awards for 1989 were given at the end of the year (December); hence there was no separate contest for 1990.[citation needed]

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.[22] The same year the runner-up of Miss India, Aishwarya Rai, won the Miss World title.[23] Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai established themselves in the Bollywood industry after winning their titles.[24][25][26]

The success of Sen and Rai 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 World Yukta Mookhey went on to win the Miss World that year.[27][28]

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 country to have won all three major titles in one year were Australia in 1972.[29]

In 2010, after the introduction of I Am She - Miss Universe India, the third title was changed to Femina Miss India-International and the winner represented India at Miss International pageant.

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.[30]

 
Nicole Faria, Femina Miss India Earth 2010 and Miss Earth 2010

In 2012, Himangini Singh Yadu won Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 and became first Indian and Asian to win the pageant. She was sent by I Am She - Miss Universe India pageant.[31]

In 2013, Srishti Rana won Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 giving India a rare back to back victory. She is the second Indian and first Miss Diva Winner to win Miss Asia Pacific World Crown. She is also the first ever Indian delegate to win an international pageant that has been sent by Femina Miss India's sister pageant, Miss Diva.[32]

In 2014, Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Supranational 2014 won Miss Supranational 2014 and became the first ever Indian woman to win the crown.[33] Asha is the second Asian to win the crown. The same year Ruhi Singh who was crowned the first ever Femina Miss India Universal Peace and Humanity won the first ever Miss Universal Peace and Humanity pageant held in Lebanon.[34]

After May Myat Noe, the winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant was dethroned,[35] the organisation organised another pageant named Miss Asia Pacific 2014 Supertalent of the World Season 5 under Miss Asia Pacific World title, Swetha Raj who represented India won the crown, giving India a rare back to back to back victory, India is the only country to win any international pageant three years in a row, however Swetha was sent by Miss India Australia organisation.[36]

International victories

Indian winners in the Big Four

The following is the list of Indian winners in the Big Four international beauty pageants:

Winners of major international Beauty pageant {India}
Pageant Titles Winning year(s) Winner(s)
Miss World 6
1966 Reita Faria
1994 Aishwarya Rai
1997 Diana Hayden
1999 Yukta Mookhey
2000 Priyanka Chopra
2017 Manushi Chhillar
Miss Universe 2
1994 Sushmita Sen
2000 Lara Dutta
Miss Earth 1 2010 Nicole Faria

The following is the list of Indian winners in various minor international pageants:

Winners of minor International Beauty pageant{India}
Pageant Titles Winning year(s) Winner(s)
Miss Supranational 2 2014 Asha Bhat
2016 Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty
Miss Asia Pacific World 3
2012 Himangini Singh Yadu
2013 Srishti Rana
2014 Shweta Raj
Miss Asia Pacific International 3
1970 Zeenat Aman
1973 Tara Anne Fonseca
2000 Dia Mirza
Miss Tourism 2
2005 Sonal Chauhan
2007 Priyanka Shah
Miss Teenage Intercontinental 1 1978 Elizabeth Anita Reddi
Miss World Amber / Miss Ambar Del Mundo 1 1978 Mala Rai Singhani
International Teen Princess 1 1974 Radha Bartake

Multiple victories in the same year

The following is the list of India's multiple victories in major international pageants:

Year Pageant Winner Number of titles
1994 Miss Universe Sushmita Sen 2
Miss World Aishwarya Rai
2000 Miss Universe Lara Dutta 3
Miss World Priyanka Chopra
Miss Asia Dia Mirza
2017 Miss World Manushi Chhillar 2
2016&2017 Mister World Rohit Khandelwal 2

Competition irregularities

In 2008, 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 need a written letter of no-objection from Gladrags. Harshita gave up the title and the crown passed on to Tanvi Vyas who represented India in the Miss Earth 2008 pageant held in November 2008.[37] Harshita was later placed fourth in Miss India 2009 and represented India in Miss International 2009.

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.[38]

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.[39]

Femina Miss India and Miss Diva winners from 2013–present

Miss India Miss Diva
Year Title Winner
2021 Miss World India TBD
Miss Grand India TBD
Miss United Continents India TBD
Runner-up TBD
2020 Miss Grand India Sanjana Vij
2019 Miss World India Suman Rao
Miss Grand India Shivani Jadhav
Miss United Continents India Shreya Shanker
Runner-up Sanjana Vij
2018 Miss World India Anukreethy Vas
Miss Grand India Meenakshi Chaudhary
Miss United Continents India Gayatri Bharadwaj
Runner-up Shreya Rao Kamavarapu
2017 Miss World India Manushi Chhillar
Miss Grand India Anukriti Gusain
Miss Intercontinental India Priyanka Kumari
Miss United Continents India Sana Dua
2016 Miss World India Priyadarshini Chatterjee
Miss Grand India Pankhuri Gidwani
Miss United Continents India Lopamudra Raut
Runner-up Sushruthi Krishna
2015 Miss World India Aditi Arya
Miss Grand India Vartika Singh
Miss Supranational India Aafreen Vaz
Miss United Continents India Sushrii Shreya Mishraa
2014 Miss World India Koyal Rana
Miss International India Jhataleka Malhotra
Miss United Continents India Gail Nicole Da Silva
2013 Miss World India Navneet Kaur Dhillon
Miss Earth India Sobhita Dhulipala
Miss Heritage India Swati Kain
Miss Supranational India Vijaya Sharma
Miss United Continents India Purva Rana
Runner-up Zoya Afroz
Year Title Winner
2020 Miss Diva Universe Adline Castelino
Miss Diva Supranational Aavriti Choudhary
Runner-up Neha Jaiswal
2019 Miss Diva Universe Vartika Singh
Miss Diva Supranational Shefali Sood
2018 Miss Diva Universe Nehal Chudasama
Miss Diva Supranational Aditi Hundia
Runner-up Roshni Sheoran
2017 Miss Diva Universe Shraddha Shashidhar
Miss Diva Supranational Peden Ongmu Namgyal
Runner-up Apeksha Porwal
2016 Miss Diva Universe Roshmitha Harimurthy
Miss Diva Supranational Srinidhi Shetty
Runner-up Aaradhana Buragohain
2015 Miss Diva Universe Urvashi Rautela
1st Runner-up Natasha Assadi
2nd Runner-up Naveli Deshmukh
2014 Miss Diva Universe Noyonita Lodh
Miss Diva Earth Alankrita Sahai
Miss Diva Supranational Asha Bhat
2013 Miss Diva Universe Manasi Moghe
Miss Diva Asia Pacific World Srishti Rana
Miss Diva International Gurleen Grewal

Femina Miss India editions

Year Presenters Shortlisted Contestants Date Venue
2013 Manish Paul 23 24 March 2013 Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2014 Manish Paul
Riteish Deshmukh
24 5 April 2014 Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2015 Manish Paul 21 28 March 2015 Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2016 Karan Johar
Manish Paul
Shahrukh Khan
21 9 April 2016 Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2017 Karan Johar
Riteish Deshmukh
30 25 June 2017 Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2018 Karan Johar,
Ayushmann Khurrana
30 19 June 2018 DOME, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai
2019 Karan Johar
Manish Paul
30 15 June 2019 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai
2021 February 2021

Representatives to Big Four pageants

The following women have represented India in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women.[40][41] These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth.[42][43][44]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists

Current franchise

Miss Universe

India did not compete in the Miss Universe pageant from 1953 to 1963. I AM She – Miss Universe India sent its delegates to Miss Universe from 2010 to 2012. Traditionally the Miss India Winner was sent to Miss Universe and the runner up was sent to Miss World; however since 2013 a separate pageant Miss Diva has been held to send delegates to Miss Universe and the Miss India winner will represent India at Miss World annually.[45]

Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2020 Adline Castelino Karnataka TBA TBA
2019 Vartika Singh Uttar Pradesh Top 20
2018 Nehal Chudasama Gujarat
2017 Shraddha Shashidhar Tamil Nadu
2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy Karnataka
2015 Urvashi Rautela Uttarakhand
2014 Noyonita Lodh Karnataka Top 15 Best National Costume – Top 5
2013 Manasi Moghe Maharashtra Top 10
2012 Shilpa Singh Bihar Top 16 Topped the Preliminary Interview
Urvashi Rautela Uttarakhand Dethroned as she could not meet the minimum age requirement.
2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli Andhra Pradesh
2010 Ushoshi Sengupta West Bengal
2009 Ekta Chowdhary Haryana
2008 Simran Kaur Mundi Maharashtra National Costume – Group Winner
Best in Swimsuit – Top 5
Charming Áo dài – Top 5
2007 Puja Gupta Delhi Top 10
2006 Neha Kapur Delhi Top 20
2005 Amrita Thapar Punjab
2004 Tanushree Dutta Jharkhand Top 10
2003 Nikita Anand Delhi
2002 Neha Dhupia Delhi Top 10
2001 Celina Jaitley West Bengal 4th Runner-up Swimsuit competition – 3rd Runner-up
Evening Gown – 5th Runner-up
2000 Lara Dutta Karnataka Miss Universe 2000 Oscar de la Renta – Best in Swimsuit (Winner)
Best in Evening Gown – 2nd Runner-up
Best in National Costume – 1st Runner-up
1999 Gul Panag Punjab Top 10 Interview Round – Winner
Evening Gown Round – Top 5
Swimsuit Round – Top 10
1998 Lymaraina D'Souza Maharashtra Top 10
1997 Nafisa Joseph Karnataka Top 10
1996 Sandhya Chib Karnataka Top 10
1995 Manpreet Brar Delhi 1st Runner-up Evening Gown – 2nd Runner-up
Interview Round – 3rd Runner-up
Swimsuit Competition – Top 10
1994 Sushmita Sen Delhi Miss Universe 1994 Swimsuit competition – 1st Runner-up
Evening Gown – 2nd Runner-up
Interview Round – 4th Runner-up
1993 Namrata Shirodkar Maharashtra 5th Runner-up Interview Round – 2nd Runner-up
Evening Gown – 2nd runner-up
1992 Madhu Sapre Maharashtra 2nd Runner-up Swimsuit Competition – 1st Runner-up
Evening Gown – 1st Runner-up
Interview Round – 4th Runner-up
1991 Christabelle Howie Tamil Nadu
1990 Suzanne Sablok Maharashtra Top 10
1989 Dolly Minhas Punjab
1987 Priyadarshini Pradhan Delhi
1986 Mehr Jessia Maharashtra
1985 Sonu Walia Delhi
1984 Juhi Chawla Punjab Best National Costume
1983 Rekha Hande Karnataka
1982 Pamela Chaudry Singh Delhi
1981 Rachita Kumar Maharashtra
1980 Sangeeta Bijlani Maharashtra Best National Costume
1979 Swaroop Sampat Maharashtra
1978 Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan Punjab Best National Costume
1977 Bineeta Bose Maharashtra
1976 Naina Sudhir Balsavar Uttar Pradesh
1975 Meenakshi Kurpad Maharashtra
1974 Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia Maharashtra Top 12
1973 Farzana Habib Maharashtra Top 12
1972 Roopa Satyan Delhi Top 12
1971 Raj Gill Maharashtra
1970 Veena Sajnani Maharashtra
1969 Kavita Bhambhani Maharashtra
1968 Anjum Mumtaz Barg Maharashtra
1967 Nayyara Mirza Delhi
1966 Yasmin Daji Maharashtra 3rd Runner-up Evening Gown Round – Winner
Swimsuit Round – Top 3
1965 Persis Khambatta Maharashtra
1964 Meher Castelino Mistri Maharashtra
1952 Indrani Rehman Tamil Nadu

Miss World

India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963. From 1959 to 1966 representatives to Miss World were sent by Eve's Weekly Miss India pageant. In 1968, Bharat Sundari got the franchise to send India's representative to Miss World. They sent the delegates from 1968 to 1970, 1972, 1975. Femina got the franchise in 1976. Femina also sent delegates to Miss World in 1971 and 1974. Traditionally the runner up in Miss India pageant was sent to Miss World but this changed in 2013 and now the winner of Miss India is sent to represent at Miss World.[46]

Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2021 TBA TBA TBA TBA
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2019 Suman Rao Rajasthan 2nd Runner-up Miss World - Asia
Head-to-Head Challenge - Winner
Beauty With A Purpose - Top 10
Miss World Top Model - 2nd Runner-up
Miss World Talent - Top 27
2018 Anukreethy Vas Tamil Nadu Top 30 Head-to-Head Challenge - Winner
Miss World Talent - Top 18
Multimedia Award - Top 10
2017 Manushi Chhillar Haryana Miss World 2017 Head-to-Head Challenge(Group 9) - Winner
Miss World Top Model - Top 30
Beauty with a Purpose - Winner
Multimedia Award - Top 9
People's Choice Award - Top 9
2016 Priyadarshini Chatterjee Assam Top 20 Beauty with a Purpose - Top 5
Miss World Talent - Top 21
2015 Aditi Arya New Delhi Multimedia Award - Top 5
People's Choice Award - Top 5
World Fashion Designer Dress - Top 10
Beauty with a Purpose - Top 25
Miss World Talent - Top 30
Miss World Top Model - Top 30
2014 Koyal Rana New Delhi Top 11 Miss World - Asia
Beauty With a Purpose Winner
World Fashion Designer Dress Winner
Dances of the world performer
Charity Gala
Miss World Beach Beauty - Top 5
Multimedia Award - Top 5
The People's Choice - Top 10
Miss World Top Model - Top 20
Miss World Sport - Top 32
2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon Punjab Top 20 Multimedia Award Winner
Beauty with a Purpose Top 10
Interview Round - Top 20
2012 Vanya Mishra Punjab Top 7 Beauty With a Purpose Award Winner
Multimedia Award Winner
Dances of the world performer
Interview Round - Top 16
Miss World Beach Beauty - Top 40
Miss World Top Model - Top 47
2011 Kanishtha Dhankhar Haryana Top 31 Miss World Top Model - Top 10
Beauty with a Purpose - Top 10
2010 Manasvi Mamgai Uttarakhand Dances of the world performer
Miss World Beach Beauty - Top 20
Miss World Top Model - Top 20
2009 Pooja Chopra Maharashtra Top 16 Beauty With a Purpose winner
Miss World Sports - Top 6
2008 Parvathy Omanakuttan Kerala 1st Runner-up Miss World – Asia and Oceania
Miss World Top Model - 2nd Runner-Up
Miss World Beach Beauty - Top 10
2007 Sarah Jane Dias Karnataka Miss World Talent - Top 18
2006 Natasha Suri Maharashtra Top 17 Miss World Beach Beauty - 2nd Runner Up
Best Designer Gown - 2nd Runner Up
Miss World Talent - Top 10
2005 Sindhura Gadde Andhra Pradesh Top 15
2004 Sayali Bhagat1 Maharashtra Miss World Top Model - Top 20
Lakshmi Pandit Maharashtra Dethroned, as she was already married
2003 Ami Vashi Gujarat 3rd Runner Up Miss World Talent - Top 21
2002 Shruti Sharma Uttar Pradesh Top 20
2001 Sara Corner Karnataka
2000 Priyanka Chopra Bihar Miss World 2000 Miss World – Asia and Oceania
1999 Yukta Mookhey Maharashtra Miss World 1999 Miss World – Asia and Oceania
1998 Annie Thomas Kerala
1997 Diana Hayden Andhra Pradesh Miss World 1997 Miss World – Asia and Oceania
Miss Photogenic
Spectacular swimwear
1996 Rani Jeyraj Tamil Nadu 3rd Runner Up Miss World – Asia and Oceania
Spectacular Evening Gown
1995 Preeti Mankotia Punjab
1994 Aishwarya Rai Karnataka Miss World 1994 Miss Photogenic
Miss World l– Asia and Oceania
1993 Karminder Kaur Punjab Best in National costume
1992 Shyla Lopez Karnataka
1991 Ritu Singh New Delhi Top 10
1990 Naveeda Mehdi Maharashtra
1989 Shabnam Patel Maharashtra
1988 Anuradha Kottur Maharashtra
1987 Manisha Kohli Punjab
1986 Maureen Mary Lestourgeon Maharashtra
1985 Sharon Mary Clarke Maharashtra
1984 Suchita Kumar Maharashtra
1983 Sweety Grewal Punjab
1982 Uttara Mhatre Maharashtra
1981 Deepti Divakar Andhra Pradesh
1980 Elizabeth Anita Reddi Andhra Pradesh Top 15
1979 Raina Winifred Mendonica Maharashtra Top 10 Photographer's choice
1978 Kalpana Iyer Tamil Nadu Top 15 Most Popular Delegate
Top 20 Miss Talented
Top 15 Photographer's choice
1977 Veena Prakash Maharashtra Withdrew in protest against the presence of a white Miss South Africa
1976 Naina Balsavar Maharashtra Withdrew in protest against the presence of two South African entries - one white and one black - in conformity with the apartheid policy of racial separation.
1975 Anjana Sood Himachal Pradesh Top 15
1974 Kiran Dholakia Maharashtra
1972 Malathi Basappa Karnataka 4th Runner-up
1971 Prema Narayan Andhra Pradesh
1970 Heather Corinne Faville Maharashtra Top 15
1969 Adina Shellim Maharashtra
1968 Jane Coelho New Delhi
1966 Reita Faria Maharashtra Miss World 1966 Best Body Award
Best in Evening Dress Award for wearing Sari
1962 Ferial Karim Maharashtra Top 15
1961 Veronica Leonora Torcato Maharashtra
1960 Iona Pinto Maharashtra
1959 Fleur Ezekiel Maharashtra

Former franchise

Miss International

Femina Miss India dropped the franchise of Miss International in 2015. The last representative to Miss International from Femina Miss India was Jhataleka Malhotra in 2014.[citation needed]

  • India did not send delegates to Miss International in 1963–1967, 1972, 1977, 1989, 1990.
  • From 1960 to 1988 Eve's Weekly Miss India sent India's representatives to Miss International pageant.
  • In the year 2013, Miss Diva winner was sent to Miss International.
Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2014 Jhataleka Malhotra Maharashtra Miss Internet
3rd Runner Up - Best National Costume
2013 Gurleen Grewal Punjab 1st Runner Up - Miss Internet
2012 Rochelle Maria Rao Tamil Nadu Top 15
2011 Ankita Shorey Jammu & Kashmir
2010 Neha Hinge Madhya Pradesh Top 15
2009 Harshita Saxena Goa
2008 Radha Brahmbhatt Gujarat
2007 Esha Gupta New Delhi
2006 Sonal Sehgal West Bengal Top 12
2005 Vaishali Desai
2004 Mihika Verma Maharashtra Top 15
2003 Shonali Nagrani New Delhi 1st Runner-Up
2002 Gauahar Khan Maharashtra
2001 Kanwal Toor New Delhi Top 15
2000 Gayatri Joshi Maharashtra Top 15
1999 Srikrupa Murali Karnataka
1998 Shwetha Jaishanker Tamil Nadu 2nd Runner-Up
1997 Diya Abraham Kerala 1st Runner-Up
1996 Fleur Xavier Maharashtra
1995 Priya Gill
1994 Fransesca Hart
1993 Pooja Batra Punjab Top 15
1992 Kamal Sandhu New Delhi
1991 Preeti Mankotia Karnataka Top 15
1988 Shikha Swaroop Maharashtra
1987 Erika Maria D'Souza Maharashtra Top 15
1986 Poonam Pahlet Gidwant Maharashtra
1985 Vinita Seshadri Vasan Bangalore
1984 Nalanda Ravindra Bhandar West Bengal Top 15
1983 Sahila Chadha Punjab
1982 Betty O'Connor Maharashtra
1981 Meenakshi Seshadri Tamil Nadu
1980 Ulrika Karen Bredemeyer Maharashtra
1979 Nita Pinto Maharashtra
1978 Sabita Dhanrajgir Punjab
1976 Nafisa Ali Maharashtra 2nd Runner-up
1975 Indira Maria Bredemeyer Maharashtra 2nd Runner-Up
1974 Leslie Jean Hartnett New Delhi
1972 Indira Muthanna Karnataka
1971 Samita Mukherjee West Bengal
1970 Patricia D'Souza New Delhi Top 15
1969 Wendy Leslie Vaz Maharashtra
1968 Sumita Sen West Bengal Top 15
1962 Sheila Chonkar Maharashtra
1961 Diana Valentine New Delhi
1960 Iona Pinto Maharashtra 1st Runner-Up

Miss Earth

Femina Miss India dropped the Miss Earth Franchise in 2014 after Alankrita Sahai being the last representative from Miss Diva.

Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2014 Alankrita Sahai New Delhi Miss Eco - Beauty (Top 10)
  Miss Earth Pagudpud
  Miss Hannah's Beach Resort Best in Casual Wear
  Best Evening Gown
  Miss Photogenic
  Besuty for a Cause
  Best in Swimsuit
  Best National Costume
2013 Sobhita Dhulipala Andhra Pradesh   Miss Photogenic
  Miss Earth Eco Beauty
  Miss Ever Bilena
Miss Talent (Top 15)
Best in Resort Wear (Top 15)
2012 Prachi Mishra Uttar Pradesh   Best in Swimsuit
  Miss Friendship
  Miss Congeniality
  Trivia Challenge
  Press Presentation
  Resorts Wear competition
  Evening Gown Competition
  Miss Photogenic
  I Love My Planet School Campaign
2011 Hasleen Kaur New Delhi
2010 Nicole Faria Karnataka Miss Earth 2010 Miss Talent
Miss Diamond Place
2009 Shriya Kishore Maharashtra Top 16
2008 Tanvi Vyas Gujarat
2007 Pooja Chitgopekar Karnataka Miss Air (1st Runner-Up)
2006 Amruta Patki Maharashtra Miss Air (1st Runner-Up) Best in Long Gown
2005 Niharika Singh Uttarakhand
2004 Jyoti Brahmin West Bengal Top 16
2003 Shweta Vijay Kerala
2002 Reshmi Ghosh West Bengal
2001 Shamita Singha Maharashtra Top 10 Best in National Costume
Miss Avon
Miss Lux

Representatives to minor international pageants

Current franchise

Miss Supranational

Femina Miss India and Miss Diva (The Times Group) acquired the rights to send India representatives to Miss Supranational only from the year 2013.[47]

Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2020 Aavriti Choudhary Madhya Pradesh TBA TBA
2019 Shefali Sood Uttar Pradesh Top 25 Miss Influencer - Top 10
2018 Aditi Hundia Rajasthan Top 25
2017 Peden Ongmu Namgyal Sikkim Top 25 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 Aafreen Rachael Vaz Karnataka Top 10 Miss Supranational - Asia and Oceania
Miss Supranational Top Model - Top 10
Miss Internet - 1st Runner Up
Best National Costume - Top 10
2014 Asha Bhat Karnataka Miss Supranational 2014 Miss Talented
Miss Internet - Top 5
2013 Vijaya Sharma New Delhi Top 20
2012 Gunjan Saini New Delhi
2011 Michelle Almeda Maharashtra Top 20 Miss Supranational - Asia and Oceania
Miss Internet

Miss Grand International

In the years 2013 and 2014 India's delegates to Miss Grand International were sent by Indian Princess. Femina Miss India acquired the franchise in 2015.

Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2019 Shivani Jadhav Chhattisgarh Miss Popular - Top 10
Best National Costume - Top 20
2018 Meenakshi Choudhary Haryana 1st Runner-up Miss Popular–Top 10
Best National Costume - Top 10
2017 Anukriti Gusain Uttarakhand Top 20 Best National Costume - Top 10
2016 Pankhuri Gidwani Uttar Pradesh Best National Costume - Top 10
2015 Vartika Singh Uttar Pradesh 2nd Runner-up Best Social Media
Miss Popular–Top 10
Best National Costume–Top 20
2014 Monica Sharma New Delhi Best National Costume - Top 20
2013 Rupa Khurana New Delhi

Miss United Continents

The representatives for Miss United Continents have been selected by Femina Miss India since the pageant's inception in 2013.

Year Delegate State Placement Special Awards
2019 Shreya Shanker Bihar
2018 Gayatri Bharadwaj Delhi Top 10 Best National Costume - 1st Runner Up
2017 Sana Dua Jammu and Kashmir Top 10
2016 Lopamudra Raut Maharashtra 2nd Runner-up Best National Costume
Miss Photogenic - 1st Runner-up
2015 Sushrii Shreya Mishraa Odisha 3rd Runner-up Best National Costume
Miss Photogenic
2014 Gail Nicole Da Silva Goa 1st Runner-up Best National Costume
Miss Photogenic
2013 Purva Rana Himachal Pradesh Vice Queen Best National Costume - 2nd Runner-up

Former Franchise

Miss Asia Pacific International

Year Delegate Placement Special Awards
2018 Abhilasha Agarwal Miss Redfox
2017 Sonika Roy Miss Zanea Shoes
2016 Shiva Shrishti Vyakaranam Top 10
2005 Simran Chandok Best dancer
2003 Shonal Rawat 1st Runner-up Miss Friendship
Miss Talent
Miss Congeniality
2002 Tina Chatwal 2nd Runner-up Miss Internet
2001 Maheshwari Thiagaranjan
2000 Dia Mirza Miss Asia Pacific International 2000 Miss Close-Up Smile
Miss AVON
1999 Shivangi Parikkh
1998 Vikkitha Aggarwal
1997 Divya Chauhan 1st Runner-up Best in Evening gown
1996 Mini Menon Top 10
1995 Ruchi Malhotra 1st Runner-up Best in Evening gown
1994 Shweta Menon Top 10
1993 Namrata Shirodkar 1st Runner-up Best in Evening gown
1992 Mehroo Jal Mistry
1989 Anuradha Ramani
1988 Viola Antony
1987 Jasleem Kaur
1986 Ana Vasan
1985 Seema Malhotra Semi-finalist
1983 Monica Lakhmana
1982 Aparna Sharma
1981 Mehjabeen Ayub Khan Miss Talent
1980 Upneet Pannu
1979 Maureen Mary Lestourgeon 1st Runner-up/Relinquished
1978 Preeti Koppikar Best national costume
Miss Talent
1977 Marianne De Souza 1st Runner-up
1976 Anna Adriane Bredemeyer 2nd Runner-up
1975 Seema Marwaha
1974 Marilyn Theresa Ferreira
1973 Tara Anne Fonseca Miss Asia Pacific International 1973
1972 Samita Mukherjee
1971 Urmila Sanandan
1970 Zeenat Aman Miss Asia Pacific International 1970 Miss Photogenic
1969 Tasneem Fakir Mohammed
1968 Anabella Crawford Miss Talent

Miss Asia Pacific World

In the years 2011 and 2012, I Am She – Miss India sent their runners-up to this pageant. Femina had franchise to select their representatives in the years 2013 and 2014.[48]

Year Delegate Placement Special Awards Notes
2016 Akanksha Dhiman Wing of Angel
2014 Swetha Raj Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 – Season 5 Miss Talent Competition held to select a new titleholder for the year 2014.
2014 Anukriti Gusain 4th Runner-up
2013 Srishti Rana Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Best National Costume
Miss Personality
Miss Talent
2012 Himangini Singh Yadu Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 Best in Evening Gown – 1st Runner-up
2011 Tanvi Singla 3rd Runner-up
  • Note

India is the only country to win an international pageant three years in a row. In the year 2012, Himangini Singh Yadu was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific World 2012.[49] In the succeeding year Srishti Rana was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific World 2013.[50] In the year 2014, May Myat Noe of Myanmar was originally crowned but later she was dethroned.[35] A new pageant was held by the organizers and Swetha Raj of India became victorious,[51] thus giving India a rare Three-peat victory in an international pageant.[52][53]

Miss Intercontinental

Indian representatives to Miss Intercontinental is being sent by Femina Miss India group.

Year Delegate Placement Special Awards
2018 Suman Chellani
2017 Priyanka Kumari Best National Costume – Winner
2016 Aarushi Sharma
2015 Sneha Priya Roy Top 17 Best National Costume – 2nd Runner-up
2014 Chandni Sharma
2013 Sharon Fernández
2012 Bobby Layal Top 10
2011 Ipsita Pati Top 15
2008 Sonia Jain
2006-07 No delegate
2005 Deepa Rajan
2004 Nirupama Natraian
2003 Deepti Gujral 3rd Runner-up
2002 Rakhee Chaudhary Top 12
2001 Koena Mitra Top 12
2000 No delegate
1999 Aanchal Kumar Top 12
1998 Tora Khasigar
1997 Lara Dutta Miss Intercontinental 1997
1978-96 No delegate
1978 Elizabeth Anita Reddi Miss Intercontinental 1978 Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
1977 Karuna Iyer
1976 Kalpana Iyer Top 19 Miss Popularity
1975 Nivurti Nunim 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
Miss Bikini

Photographs of some notable international titleholders

Femina Miss India

Photographs of some titleholders

Femina Miss India Universe

Femina Miss India World

Femina Miss India Earth

Femina Miss India International

Femina Miss Grand India

Femina Miss India Asia Pacific

See also

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