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|Femina Miss India|
|Official languages||Standard Hindi, English|
|National director||Marc Robinson|
Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete globally. The winner of Femina Miss India vies in Miss World, the first runner up competes in Miss Earth, and the second runner up goes to compete in Miss International. It is organised by Femina, a women's magazine published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. In previous years, the top three finalists were variously crowned Miss India World, Miss India Universe and Miss India Earth/International/Asia-Pacific.
Femina Miss India used to select a winner and two runners up who were then sent to international contests such as Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Asia Pacific respectively. In 1994, after India's historic win at the International pageants, the organization ended the practice of crowning a single winner and instead decided that the top three winners were designated as winners with equal visibility and prizes instead of crowning a single winner to represent India at Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Asia Pacific. In 2002, the third winner was designated to Miss Earth instead of Miss Asia Pacific. In 2010, Femina Miss India decided that they would no longer send a representative to Miss Universe at all, and relinquished the Miss Universe franchise, choosing instead to designate the third winner to represent India in Miss International instead, a contest that it had historically sent a finalist to. In 2013 Femina Miss India awarded the franchise back after I Am She – Miss Universe India concluding their contract with Miss Universe Organisation
The 50th edition of Ponds Femina Miss India 2013 was held in Mumbai on 24 March 2013. The show was telecasted live on Colors (TV channel)
Over the years, Indian participation in the international picture has grown.
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. There is no clause that stipulates that the winner of Miss India (or winner of a national title) cannot participate in the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants in the same year. Historically, the Femina Miss India pageant sent the winner of the pageant to the Miss Universe pageant, and Eve's Weekly , a rival women's publication sent the winner of its Miss India contest to Miss World, Miss Asia Pacific. In the late 80s, 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. 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 each designated a winner, with equal prizes, visibility and responsibilities, and crowned Femina Miss India-Universe, Femina Miss India-World, and Femina Miss India-Asia Pacific. 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. From 2007 to 2009, three equal winners were selected going to Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Earth. In 2010, Femina Miss India decided to stop sending representatives to the Miss Universe pageant entirely, choosing instead to send a crowned winner to Miss International.
The awards for 1989 were given at the end of the year (December); hence there was no separate contest for 1990.
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. The same year the runner-up of Miss India, Aishwarya Rai, won the Miss World title. Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai established themselves in the Bollywood industry after winning their titles.
The success of Rai and Sen 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. Pageant winners are groomed for months in preparation for the international contest. In 1999, the Miss India runner-up Yukta Mookhey went on to win the Miss World that year.
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 only other country to have won all three major titles in one year was Australia in 1972.
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, although India has placed as a runner up on numerous occasions.
Controversies erupted in the year 2008 when 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 have required a written letter of no-objection from Gladrags. Earlier in an interview with CNN-IBN Maureen Wadia said, "Harshita Saxena from Goa is a Gladrags model. She was a part of my Megamodel Contract in April 2006. Her contract has not expired and Harshita has entered in some other contest before the contract has expired. The contract clearly said that they have to take my permission." Owing to this, Harshita had to give up the title and the crown passed on to Tanvi Vyas who represented India in the Miss Earth 2008 paegent held in November 2008. Harshita was later placed fourth in Miss India 2009 and represented India in Miss International 2009.
Starting in 2010, Femina Miss India relinquished the franchise to send a representative to the Miss Universe pageant. Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (TEPL) in collaboration with 1994 Miss Universe Sushmita Sen have started a new pageant called I Am She – Miss Universe India. The winner of this pageant will participate in the Miss Universe pageant.
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. The Pandit sisters are from Mysore, Karnataka. They are M.B.B.S graduates who lost the title due to material misrepresentations.
By number of wins
||1966, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000|
|Miss Asia Pacific International||
||1970, 1973, 2000|
India did not compete in the Miss Universe for ten years from 1953–1963. A separate pageant, I AM She – Miss Universe India, sent the contestants to Miss Universe from year 2010 to 2012. In 2013 Femina Miss India was awarded the franchise back after I Am She – Miss Universe India concluding their contract with Miss Universe Organisation. A separate pageant Indian Diva will be held to send delegates from 2013 onwards.
|2008||Simran Kaur Mundi||Maharashtra|
|2007||Puja Gupta||Delhi||Top 10 finalist|
|2006||Neha Kapur||Delhi||Top 20 finalist|
|2004||Tanushree Dutta||Jharkhand||Top 10 finalist|
|2002||Neha Dhupia||Delhi||Top 10 finalist|
|2001||Celina Jaitley||West Bengal||4th Runner-up|
|2000||Lara Dutta||Karnataka||Miss Universe 2000|
|1999||Gul Panag||Punjab||Top 10 finalist|
|1998||Lymaraina D'Souza||Maharashtra||Top 10 finalist|
|1997||Nafisa Joseph||Karnataka||Top 10 finalist|
|1996||Sandhya Chib||Karnataka||Top 10 finalist|
|1995||Manpreet Brar||Delhi||1st Runner-up|
|1994||Sushmita Sen||Delhi||Miss Universe 1994|
|1993||Namrata Shirodkar||Maharashtra||Top 6 finalist|
|1992||Madhu Sapre||Maharashtra||2nd Runner-up|
|1991||Christabelle Howie||Tamil Nadu||Unplaced|
|1989||Dolly Minhas succeeded dethroned winner Kalpana Pandit.||Chandigarh||Unplaced|
|1988||Shabnam Patel also won the title of Miss MaxFactor in 1989.||Maharashtra|
|1987||Priyadarshini Pradhan||Maharashtra||Best National Costume Award|
|1985||Sonu Walia||New Delhi|
|1984||Juhi Chawla||Punjab||Best National Costume Award|
|1982||Pamela Chaudry Singh||New Delhi|
|1980||Sangeeta Bijlani||Maharashtra||Best National Costume Award|
|1978||Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan||Chandigarh||Best National Costume Award|
|1976||Naina Sudhir Balsavar||Uttar Pradesh|
|1974||Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia||Maharashtra||Semifinalist|
|1968||Anjum Mumtaz Barg||Maharashtra|
|1967||Nayyara Mirza||New Delhi|
|1966||Yasmin Daji||Maharashtra||3rd Runner-up|
|1964||Meher Castelino Mistri||Maharashtra|
|1952||Indrani Rehman||Tamil Nadu||Debut|
India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963
|2013||Navneet Kaur Dhillon||Punjab|
|2012||Vanya Mishra||Punjab||Top 7 finalist, Beauty With a Purpose winner, Multimedia Award winner|
|2009||Pooja Chopra||West Bengal||Semifinalist, Beauty With a Purpose winner|
|2008||Parvathy Omanakuttan||Kerala||1st Runner-up, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific|
|2007||Sarah Jane Dias||Karnataka||Unplaced|
|2005||Sindhura Gadde||Andhra Pradesh||Semifinalist|
|2003||Ami Vashi||Gujarat||Top 5 finalist|
|2002||Shruti Sharma||Uttar Pradesh||Semifinalist|
|2000||Priyanka Chopra||Uttar Pradesh||Miss World 2000|
|1999||Yukta Mookhey||Maharashtra||Miss World 1999|
|1997||Diana Hayden||Andhra Pradesh||Miss World 1997|
|1996||Rani Jeyraj||Karnataka||3rd Runner-up, Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia Pacific|
|1994||Aishwarya Rai||Karnataka||Miss World 1994|
|1991||Ritu Singh||New Delhi||Semifinalist|
|1986||Maureen Mary Lestourgeon||Maharashtra|
|1985||Sharon Mary Clarke||Maharashtra|
|1982||Uttara Mhatre Kher||Maharashtra|
|1981||Deepti Divakar||Andhra Pradesh|
|1980||Elizabeth Anita Reddi||Andhra Pradesh||Semifinalist|
|1979||Raina Winifred Mendonica||Maharashtra||Unplaced|
|1977||Veena Prakash||Withdrew in protest against the presence of a white Miss South Africa|
|1972||Malathi Basappa||Karnataka||4th Runner-up|
|1971||Prema Narayan||Andhra Pradesh||Unplaced|
|1970||Heather Corinne Faville||Maharashtra||Semifinalist|
|1968||Jane Coelho||New Delhi|
|1966||Reita Faria||Maharashtra||Miss World 1966|
Nicole Faria is the first and only Indian woman to win Miss Earth title.
|2013||Sobhita Dhulipala||Andhra Pradesh|
|2012||Prachi Mishra||Uttar Pradesh||Unplaced||Miss Congeniality|
|2010||Nicole Faria||Karnataka||Miss Earth 2010||Miss Talent|
|2009||Shriya Kishore||Maharashtra||Top 16 Semifinalist|
|2007||Pooja Chitgopekar||Karnataka||1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)|
|2006||Amruta Patki||Maharashtra||1st Runner-up (Miss Earth – Air)||Best in Long Gown|
|2005||Niharika Singh||Uttaranchal, now known as Uttarakhand||Unplaced|
|2004||Jyoti Brahmin3||West Bengal||Top 16 Semifinalist|
|2002||Reshmi Ghosh||West Bengal||Unplaced|
|2001||Shamita Singha||Maharashtra||Top 10 Semifinalist||Best in National Costume|
An Indian woman has never won the Miss International title and India did not send delegates to Miss International in 1963 -1967, 1972, 1977, 1989, 1990.
|2013||Zoya Afroz||Uttar Pradesh|
|2012||Rochelle Maria Rao||Tamilnadu||Top 15 Semifinalist|
|2011||Ankita Shorey||Jammu & Kashmir||Unplaced|
|2010||Neha Hinge||Madhya Pradesh||Top 15 Semifinalist|
|2008||Radha Brahmbhatt||Gujarat, Northwood, London|
|2006||Sonali Sehgal||West Bengal||Semifinalist|
|2003||Shonali Nagrani||New Delhi||1st Runner-up|
|2001||Kanwal Toor||New Delhi||Semifinalist|
|1998||Shwetha Jaishanker||Tamil Nadu||2nd Runner-up|
|1997||Diya Abraham||Kerala||1st Runner-up|
|1992||Kamal Sandhu||New Delhi||Unplaced|
|1987||Erika Maria de Souza||Maharashtra||Semifinalist|
|1986||Poonam Pahlet Gidwant||Maharashtra||Unplaced|
|1985||Vinita Seshadri Vasan||New Delhi|
|1984||Nalanda Ravindra Bhandar||West Bengal||Semifinalist|
|1981||Meenakshi Seshadri||Tamil Nadu|
|1980||Ulrika Karen Bredemeyer||Maharashtra|
|1976||Nafisa Ali||Maharashtra||2nd Runner-up|
|1975||Indira Maria Bredemeyer||Maharashtra||2nd Runner-up|
|1974||Leslie Jean Hartnett||New Delhi||Unplaced|
|1971||Samita Mukherjee||West Bengal|
|1970||Patricia D'Souza||New Delhi||Semifinalist|
|1969||Wendy Leslie Vaz||Maharashtra||Unplaced|
|1968||Sumita Sen||West Bengal||Semifinalist|
|1961||Diana Valentine||New Delhi|
|1960||Iona Pinto||Maharashtra||1st Runner-up|
Miss Asia Pacific International
Miss India used to send its third winner to compete in Miss Asia Pacific. Even though Miss Asia Pacific International was a prestigious beauty pageant, it wasn't conducted regularly and in 2006 ceased to exist. Since 2002 the Femina Miss India organisation sent the third winner to Miss Earth and since 2010 the second winner competes in Miss Earth. The last candidate from Miss India to Miss Asia Pacific was Simran Chandok.
|2003||Shonal Rawat||1st Runner-up|
|2002||Tina Chatwal||2nd Runner-up|
|2000||Dia Mirza||Miss Asia Pacific 2000|
|1997||Divya Chauhan||1st Runner-up|
|1995||Ruchi Malhotra||1st Runner-up|
|1993||Namrata Shirodkar||1st Runner-up|
|1992||Mehroo Jal Mistry||Unplaced|
|1981||Mehjabeen Ayub Khan|
|1979||Maureen Mary Lestourgeon||1st Runner-up|
|1977||Marianne De Souza||1st Runner-up|
|1976||Anna Adriane Bredemeyer||2nd Runner-up|
|1974||Marilyn Theresa Ferreira|
|1973||Tara Anna Fonseca||Miss Asia Pacific 1973|
|1970||Zeenat Aman||Miss Asia Pacific 1970|
|1969||Tasneem Fakir Mohammed||Unplaced|
Photographs of international titleholders:
Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994
Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000
Aishwarya Rai, Miss World 1994
Diana Hayden, Miss World 1997
Yukta Mookhey, Miss World 1999
Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000
Nicole Faria, Miss Earth 2010
Zeenat Aman, Miss Asia Pacific 1970
Dia Mirza, Miss Asia Pacific 2000
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