India at Big Four international beauty pageants

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The following is a list of India's official representatives and their placements at the Big Four international beauty pageants, considered the most important in the world. The country has won a total of nine victories:

  • Two — Miss Universe crowns (1994 • 2000)
  • Six — Miss World crowns (1966 • 1994 • 1997 • 1999 • 2000 • 2017)
  • One — Miss Earth crown (2010)

The representatives to these pageants are chosen from the pageants Femina Miss India, Miss Divine Beauty, Glamanand Supermodel India and Miss Diva.

India's Big Four titleholders[edit]

India won its first Big Four title when Reita Faria from India bagged the Miss World 1966 title becoming the first Asian to win.[1] In 1994, Sushmita Sen won Miss Universe 1994, becoming the country's first ever Miss Universe titleholder.[2] Later that year, Aishwarya Rai added to the winning streak, picking up the Miss World 1994 title, making India the last country to ever win at both Miss Universe and Miss World in the same year in the 20th century.[3]

Diana Hayden then won the Miss World title in 1997.[4] Actor and model Yukta Mookhey was later crowned Miss World 1999.[5] Six years after Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai's double wins, Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra replicated the feat in 2000, marking the most recent time (as of 2022) that any country has won back-to-back at Miss World and, to date, the only time that any country won Miss Universe and Miss World in the same year in the 21st century.[6][7] India's appearances at the Miss Universe semifinals from 1992 to 2002 made it the first country in the Eastern Hemisphere to place annually at the pageant for at least 10 consecutive years.

In 2010, Nicole Faria from Bangalore became the first Indian woman to win the Miss Earth pageant. Manushi Chhillar won the Miss World 2017 title, becoming the most recent Big 4 pageant titleholder from India as of 2022.[8][9]

Colour Key
  •      Miss Universe winner
  •      Miss World winner
  •      Miss International winner
  •      Miss Earth winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists, Semi-finalists or Quarter-finalists
YEAR MISS UNIVERSE MISS WORLD MISS INTERNATIONAL MISS EARTH
2021 TBA Manasa Varanasi
TBA
TBA TBA
2020 Adline Castelino
3rd Runner-Up
↑ No Pageant Held Tanvi Kharote
2019 Vartika Singh
Top 20
Suman Rao
2nd Runner-Up
Simrithi Bathija Tejaswini Manogna
2018 Nehal Chudasama Anukreethy Vas
Top 30
Tanishqa Bhosale Nishi Bhardwaj
2017 Shraddha Shashidhar Manushi Chhillar
WINNER
Ankita Kumari Shaan Sumas Kumar
2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy Priyadarshini Chatterjee
Top 20
Rewati Chetri Rashi Yadav
2015 Urvashi Rautela Aditi Arya Supriya Aiman Aaital Khosla
2014 Noyonita Lodh
Top 15
Koyal Rana
Top 10
Jhataleka Malhotra Alankrita Sahai
2013 Manasi Moghe
Top 10
Navneet Kaur Dhillon
Top 20
Gurleen Grewal Sobhita Dhulipala
2012 Shilpa Singh
Top 16
Vanya Mishra
Top 7
Rochelle Maria Rao
Top 15
Prachi Mishra
2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli Kanishtha Dhankhar
Top 31
Ankita Shorey Hasleen Kaur
2010 Ushoshi Sengupta Manasvi Mamgai Neha Hinge
Top 15
Nicole Faria
WINNER
2009 Ekta Chowdhary Pooja Chopra
Top 16
Harshita Saxena Shriya Kishore
Top 16
2008 Simran Kaur Mundi Parvathy Omanakuttan
1st Runner-Up
Radha Brahmbhatt Tanvi Vyas
2007 Puja Gupta
Top 10
Sarah-Jane Dias Esha Gupta Pooja Chitgopekar
1st Runner-Up
2006 Neha Kapur
Top 20
Natasha Suri
Top 17
Sonnalli Seygall
Top 12
Amruta Patki
1st Runner-Up
2005 Amrita Thapar Sindhura Gadde
Top 15
Vaishali Desai Niharika Singh
2004 Tanushree Dutta
Top 10
Sayali Bhagat Mihika Verma
Top 15
Jyoti Brahmin
Top 16
2003 Nikita Anand Ami Vashi
Top 5
Shonali Nagrani
1st Runner-Up
Shweta Vijay
2002 Neha Dhupia
Top 10
Shruti Sharma
Top 20
Gauahar Khan Reshmi Ghosh
2001 Celina Jaitley
4th Runner-Up
Sara Corner Kanwal Toor
Top 15
Shamita Singha
Top 10
2000 Lara Dutta
WINNER
Priyanka Chopra
WINNER
Gayatri Joshi
Top 15
↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 2001 in Manila, Philippines)
1999 Gul Panag
Top 10
Yukta Mookhey
WINNER
Srikrupa Murali
1998 Lymaraina D'Souza
Top 10
Annie Thomas Shwetha Jaishanker
2nd Runner-Up
1997 Nafisa Joseph
Top 10
Diana Hayden
WINNER
Diya Abraham
1st Runner-Up
1996 Sandhya Chib
Top 10
Rani Jeyraj
Top 5
Fleur Xavier
1995 Manpreet Brar
1st Runner-Up
Preeti Mankotia Priya Gill
1994 Sushmita Sen
WINNER
Aishwarya Rai
WINNER
Fransesca Hart
1993 Namrata Shirodkar
Top 6
Karminder Kaur-Virk Pooja Batra
Top 15
1992 Madhu Sapre
2nd Runner-Up
Shyla Lopez Kamal Sandhu
1991 Christabelle Howie Ritu Singh
Top 10
Preeti Mankotia
Top 15
1990 Suzanne Sablok
Top 10
Naveeda Mehdi ×
1989 Dolly Minhas × ×
1988 × Anuradha Kottur Shikha Swaroop
1987 Priyadarshini Pradhan Manisha Kohli Erika Maria de Souza
Top 15
1986 Mehr Jessia Maureen Lestourgeon Poonam Gidwant
1985 Sonu Walia Sharon Clarke Vinita Vasan
1984 Juhi Chawla Suchita Kumar Nalanda Bhandar
Top 15
1983 Rekha Hande Sweety Grewal Sahila Chadha
1982 Pamela Chaudry Singh Uttara Mhatre Kher Betty O'Connor
1981 Rachita Kumar Deepti Divakar Meenakshi Seshadri
1980 Sangeeta Bijlani Elizabeth Anita Reddi
Top 15
Ulrika Bredemeyer
1979 Swaroop Sampat Raina Mendonica Nita Pinto
1978 Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan Kalpana Iyer
Top 15
Sabita Dhanrajgir
1977 Bineeta Bose × Joan Stephens
1976 Naina Balsavar × Nafisa Ali
2nd Runner-Up
1975 Meenakshi Kurpad Anjana Sood
Top 15
Indira Bredemeyer
2nd Runner-Up
1974 Shailini Dholakia
Top 12
Kiran Dholakia Leslie Hartnett
1973 Farzana Habib
Top 12
× Lynette Williams
1972 Roopa Satyan
Top 12
Malathi Basappa
4th Runner-Up
Indira Muthanna
1971 Raj Gill Prema Narayan Samita Mukherjee
1970 Veena Sajnani Heather Faville
Top 15
Patricia D'Souza
Top 15
1969 Kavita Bhambhani Adina Shellim Wendy Vaz
1968 Anjum Mumtaz Barg Jane Coelho Sumita Sen
Top 15
1967 Nayyara Mirza × ×
1966 Yasmin Daji
3rd Runner-Up
Reita Faria
WINNER
↑ No Pageant Held
1965 Persis Khambatta × ×
1964 Meher Castelino Mistri × ×
1963 × × ×
1962 × Ferial Karim
Top 15
Sheila Chonkar
1961 × Veronica Torcato Diana Valentine
1960 × Iona Pinto Iona Pinto
1st Runner-Up
1959 × Fleur Ezekiel ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1960 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1968 in Tokyo, Japan)
1958 × ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1951 in England, United Kingdom. India sent their first delegate in 1959.)
1957 ×
1956 ×
1955 ×
1954 ×
1953 ×
1952 Indrani Rehman
1951 ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1952 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1960 in Florida, United States)


× Did not compete
↑ No pageant held

Pageant Placements Best result
Miss Universe 24 Winner Star*.svg (1994 • 2000)
Miss World 27 Winner Star*.svg (1966 • 1994 • 1997 • 1999 • 2000 • 2017)
Miss International 18 1st Runner-Up (1960, 1997, 2003)
Miss Earth 6 Winner Star*.svg (2010)
Total 75 9 TITLES

Hostings[edit]

Year pageant Location Venue
1996 Miss World Bangalore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

List of crossovers[edit]

Crossover winners of a national pageant wins in another major national pageant and then participate in the line of international beauty pageants.

  • Iona Pinto — Delegate of India by winning Miss India in 1960. She then participated in Miss International 1960, where she was the first-runner up. Her country sent her again for Miss World 1960 where she was one of the eighteen semifinalists.
  • Preeti Mankotia Delegate of India by participating Miss India in 1991. She then participated in Miss International 1991, where she was one of the fifteen finalist . She again participate in femina miss India 1995 where she was crowned as Miss India world and participate in Miss World 1995 where she was unable to placed in semifinalist.

See also[edit]

  • Femina Miss India
  • Miss Divine Beauty
  • I AM She – Miss Universe India
  • Miss Earth India

References[edit]

  1. AFP (2017-11-19). "Manushi Chhillar's Miss World win draws India level with Venezuela with 6 titles". Livemint. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  2. "Video of Manushi Chillar's meeting Sushmita Sen goes viral". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  3. News, Times Now (17 November 2017). "This answer got Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the Miss World crown". Times Now. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. "This touching answer by Manushi Chhillar ensured that Miss World 2017 crown was hers". Oneindia. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  5. "ABC's 'Nightline' mistakes Priyanka Chopra with Yukta Mookhey, furnishes apology on Twitter". The Indian Express. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  6. "Beauty Queens, Then and Now: How Different Aishwarya, Sushmita, Priyanka Look". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  7. DNA, Chaya Unnikrishnan. "Lara Dutta: after Priyanka Chopra, Dia Mirza and me there have been no international pageant winners". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  8. Hindustan Times, Correspondent (1 December 2017). "Sushmita Sen bumped into Manushi Chhillar on a flight. Here's how the beauty queens bonded". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  9. "Miss India Nicole Faria is the new Miss Earth - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-12-11.

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