Indian Beauty Queen Complete List – Not Just Priyanka & Aishwarya, The Country Has More Winners Than You Think

Leela Adwani |Jul 22, 2020

Today, we bring you a roundup of 8 women who have won Miss World and Miss Universe titles.

As the popular saying goes, beauty is always in the eyes of a beholder. However, when everyone agrees that one person is beautiful, then it would be a huge achievement. Annually, there are a lot of beautiful women across the world going extra miles to participate in prestigious beauty pageants. Bringing home the crown is every participant’s wish. Yes, we are talking about Indian beauty queen.

With Manushi Chhillar, India equals to Venezuela in the number of international beauty queens.

We have many gorgeous women who won international beauty pageants. When Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017 to become the sixth Indian winning this beauty contest. India, of course, can draw level with Venezuela that is known to be home of most number of Miss World titles.

From Priyanka Chopra to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, through the years, these Indian beauties have put the nation on the world map with their great humanitarian work. Today, we bring you a roundup of 8 Indian women who have won Miss World or Miss Universe titles from the latest to the oldest one.

Manushi Chhillar - Miss World 2017

For a long time after Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta, India didn't have any strong candidate for the title of Miss World or Miss Universe. It's not until 2017 that India has another Miss World. Manushi definitely made India proud once again.

2017 Miss World called the name of Manushi Chhillar.

Also, as many Indian beauty queens before, Manushi is all set to become an Indian beauty queen turned actress as she will make her acting debut in the film Prithvira next year.

Manushi Chhillar has a bright complexion and natural beauty.

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She hardly chose a high-slit dress but once she does, she rocks it.

Lara Dutta - Miss Universe 2000

She was the winner of the Miss Universe 2000 pageant. In fact, she was also crowned Miss Intercontinental in 1997.  Lara has mainly worked in the Hindi film industry and got some achievements.

Indian beauty queen of 2000

After Sushmita Sen, she was the second Indian beauty queen to win Miss Universe title and also one of the talented Indian beauty queens turned actress.

Lara Dutta bears a classic beauty which is typical for the years 2000s.

Lara Dutta starred in a number of Bollywood movies, including Housefull (2010), Andaz (2003), or Don 2 (2011). She even won the Best Female Debut at Filmfare Award for the role in Andaz.

Lara Dutta is still very active in attending events.

Priyanka Chopra - Miss World 2000

It goes without saying that Priyanka Chopra is our best Hollywood export yet. Winning the Miss World title in the year 2000, Chopra has made it big in both Bollywood and Hollywood. Rising to stardom was in 2000 and ever since then, the Indian beauty queen has always been trying her best to “shatter the glass ceiling” and win the hearts of millions of audiences. She is the ultimate example of Indian beauty queen turned actress.

Priyanka Chopra is a frequently mentioned name of Indian beauty.

It would not an overstatement to say PC is a role model and a source of inspiration for women from all quarters. From red carpets to big screens, the star is always the limelight stealer. Not only does she set fashion trends like no one’s business but also contributes to society.

She is probably the most successful Indian beauty queen turned actress we know.

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Every time she walks on the red carpet, PeeCee turns heads for her confidence.

Yukta Mookhey - Miss World 1999

The 20th century completed with another success when Yukta Mookhey became the fourth Indian to crown the Miss World title in the year 1999.

Yukta Mookhey promotes modern beauty at her time.

She has worked in a handful of Hindi films and but the Indian beauty queen turned actress mostly involved in social work. Post the contest, she opted to live her life under the radar rather than enter the showbiz like the previous ones.

The beauty titleholder got married to a New York businessman but divorced in 2014.

Diana Hayden - Miss World 1997

It was a wonderful decade for India as 1997 continued to see another Indian beauty queen winning the Miss World crown after Reita Faria and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Diana Hayden succeeded in the footsteps of the predecessors.

Diana Hayden joined the film industry after winning the beauty pageant but her movies were not remarkable.

She is also the only Miss World titleholder to win three subtitles at the same time. Post the pageant, she is also an Indian beauty queen turned actress to enter the film industry.

Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe 1994

Also in 1994, Sushmita Sen became Miss Universe. She even gets more beautiful by the day and is also the one who dares to break many stereotypes and lead the way for women to become more progressive in thinking.

Sushmita Sen then and now

Sushmita was the first Indian beauty queen to win this title. After her reign as Miss Universe, like Aishwarya, Sushmita decided to enter the film industry to become an actress. This Indian beauty queen turned actress also makes it big in the industry.

She looks stunning at the age of 44.

Sushmita has appeared in a variety of Bollywood works. Her most famous movie is Main Hoon Na in which she co-starred with Shah Rukh Khan. Her other movies such as Aankhen or Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? are also commercial hits.

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Sushmita Sen is followed by more than 5 million people on Instagram.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Miss World 1994

India had the first beauty queen sooner than most of the countries but until nearly three decades later the country welcomed yet another Miss World in 1994. She is none other than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan then and now

While in college, the superstar did a few modeling jobs and appeared in several television commercials. Turned out, it was stepping stone for her to enter beauty contests including Miss India, then Miss World 1994. Even though she was runner up at the home country’s pageant, Aishwarya made Indians floating on the air when she was crowned Miss World.

>>> Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Unseen Pictures 15 Years Ago Will Dazzle You

Aishwarya at Cannes red carpet

No prize for guessing, her life has entered another phase. Post the contest, the Indian beauty queen has been riding high on the professional meter with several offers lined up in her kitty. She is a successful Indian beauty queen turned actress in Bollywood. Now, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the most prominent stars in the entertainment industry.

She looks drop-dead gorgeous, doesn't she?

Aishwarya Rai got married to Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. They had a beautiful daughter named Aaradhya. Earlier this month, fans were extremely worried for the Indian beauty queen after the Bachchan family members tested positive to the coronavirus. She was also admitted to the hospital with her husband and father-in-law but doctors said they were all responding well to the treatment.

Ash possesses one of the hottest bodies in Bollywood.

Reita Faria – First Indian Beauty Queen

Reita Faria Powell was born on 23 August 1943 and she is 76 years old now. After winning Miss Mumbai Crown, Reita continued to win the Eve’s Weekly Miss India competition in 1966.

Reita Faria is the very first Indian woman called Beauty Queen.

Also in the same year, she participated in Miss World contest and brought home the sub-titles including Best In Evening Wear for donning a traditional saree and Best In Swimsuit. However, she ended up winning the prestigious Miss World 1966 crown, beating 51 representatives from other countries.

Reita was the first Indian woman to win this title.

We believe that the list of Indian beauty queen would not stop at 8 people. In the future, hope India has more and more winners in international beauty pageants.

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