Top 10 Global Beauty pageant winners from India
Beauty was not big business in India till 2 decades back. But Since Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai won Miss Universe and Miss World titles the same year in 1994, everything about the business has changed.
Beauty products have found way into the shelves of even the petty shops in remote villages. Here we present the Top 10 Global Beauty Pageant Winners from India.
#1 Aishwarya Rai
The most famous of all Miss India contestants till date, Aishwarya Rai Bachan ruled bollywood for many years until her marriage with Abishek Bachan.
With her charm and hardwork, She has inspired many aspirants and continues to be a role model for all the beauty paegant contestants. Her beauty has become synonymous with the term itself and this is to continue for many years to come.
#2 Sushmita Sen
After a break of almost 30 years since Reita Faria Powell won the Miss World title, in 1966, Sushmita Sen set a trend by winning the Miss Universe title in 1994.
The bold and beautiful continues to entertain Indian audiences in films and modeling. With a niche fan following, she still manages to do few films every year.
#3 Priyanka Chopra
Crowned as the Miss World in 2000, Priyanka Chopra chose to do films and modeling with a huge success on the way. She wasn''t a runaway success, but with the success of Mujhse Shaadi Karogi in 2004, Priyanka carved out a place in bollywood.
A recipient of National Film Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, she is a popular model as well.
#4 Diana Hayden
At 24, Diana Hayden won the Femina Miss India contest in 1997 and eventually crowned Miss World, the same year. She has authored a book " A Beautiful Guide" where she shares her experience in grooming ,personality development and confidence building.
Though not very successful in films, she has studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
#5 Reita Faria Powell
She is the first Indian to win the Miss World title in 1966. Also Reita Faria she is the first to win a global beauty paegant title.
#6 Yukta Mookhey
In 1999, Yukta Mookhey was crowned miss world. Like Diana Hayden, she also couldn''t make big in films.She married Prince Tulli on November 2, 2008 in a traditional sikh ceremony.
On September 12,2012, she lodged a complaint in Amboli police station,Mumbai against her husband accusing him of domestic violence, torturing her both mentally and physically.
#7 Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta is a successful model and actor who was crowned Miss Universe in 2000.On February 16, 2011 she married Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupath in a ceremony in Bandra,and a subsequent Christian ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point,Goa.They have a daughter named Saira.
#8 Nichole Faria
Nichole Faria won the Miss Earth award in the year 2010 in Vietnam. She is the first Indian woman to win the title.She could be spotted regularly in the ramp for Lakme Fashion Week and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.
Her noteworthy television commercial till date is for HP Personal Systems for its snap-on cover notebooks, called "The Computer is Personal Again" campaign.
#9 Dia Mirza
The third Indian to win the Miss Asia Pacific title in 2000, Dia Mirza and eventually tried films in Bollywood. She runs her own production house named ''Born Free Entertainment'' along with good friend Zayed Khan and boy friend Sahil Sangha.
Previously,She was a model for the print and television ad campaigns for various brands namely Walls, Emami to name a few
#10 Zeenat Aman
She was to become famous for her films than the Miss Asia Pacific title she won in 1970. Though she had acted in many movies before 1978, it was Raj Kapoor''s "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" which truly launched her film career.
A graduate from St. Xavier''s College, Mumbai, she continued her higher studies in University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California before she took up modeling