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Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national in that annually selects representatives to compete in , one of the major international beauty pageants. It is organised by , a women's magazine published by . Since 2013, Femina also organizes separately which sends representatives to .

The reigning Femina Miss India () titleholder is who was crowned by the outgoing titleholder .

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History

The first Miss India was , from Calcutta, who won in 1947. It was organised by the local press.

after being crowned Miss India 1952. She was the first Indian woman to participate in the held in the United States in Miss India 1952, with former Indian Congress leader , and two of the sponsors of the Miss India contest of 1952 Miss India 1952 Contestants posing for the photographers at the in . Miss India 1952 winner, (third from left) and the Runner Up Suryakumari (sixth from left)

In 1952, two Miss India pageants were held, and were the winners of the pageant. was crowned as Miss Mussorie. The pageant was held by the local press. was crowned at in in the month of April, 1952. Indrani later represented India at , the inaugural edition of pageant.

In 1953, Peace Kanwal from was crowned Miss India 1953 at KARDAR-KOLYNOS Pageant. The pageant was organised by . She later established herself as a Bollywood actress.

In 1954, from was declared Miss India, and the same year was featured in magazine's list of the world's ten most beautiful women.

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 pageant. was crowned the eventual winner. She represented India at held in , United Kingdom.

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

was the first Miss India ever to win any international beauty pageant. She was crowned in , United Kingdom. She was the winner of Eve's Weekly Miss India contest. The same year Femina Miss India winner represented India at 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.

In Earlier days, Femina Miss India used to crown three contestants, the winner used to represent India at and the runners-up were sent to Miss Asia Pacific and . Later the second runner up represents India at Miss Teenage Intercontinental. On some occasions the 2nd Runner up or a finalist was sent to Queen of Pacific pageant from 1969 to 1975.

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 .

Later, after acquiring the rights to send India's representatives to , Femina Miss India used to select three winners who were then sent to , and Miss Asia Pacific International pageants, respectively.

In 1991, Femina also acquired the rights to send India's representatives to pageant and on some occasions the third winner represented India at and a finalist was sent to Miss Asia Pacific International or else the third winner was crowned as Femina Miss India Asia Pacific and used to represent India at Miss Asia Pacific International and a finalist was sent to .

In 1994, after India's historic win at the International pageants, the organisation 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.

In 2002, the third winner was designated to instead of Miss Asia Pacific.

In 2010, after the acquired the rights to send India's representatives to , 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.

In 2010, Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (TEPL), in partnership with Sushmita Sen, started a new pageant called . The winner of this pageant participated in the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 to 2012.

In 2013, again acquired the rights to send India's representatives to the pageant and started a new pageant called . The first ever pageant was held in on September 5, 2013. of was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2013. Manasi represented India at and placed in the top 10. from was crowned Miss Diva International 2013. She represented India at .

India in international pageants

International pageants Current franchises Pageant Year(s) competed 1964–1987, 1989–2009, 2013–present 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 1991–2014 2001–2014 Miss Universal Peace and Humanity 2014 2013 2013 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 1974, 1970 Queen of Pacific 1969–1972, 1974, 1975 Miss Nations 1964 Femina Miss India 2008 (from left to right) (Resigned-Femina Miss India Earth 2008), (Femina Miss India World 2008) and (Femina Miss India Universe 2008) Femina Miss India 2011 winners (from left to right) (Femina Miss India Earth 2011), (Femina Miss India World 2011) and (Femina Miss India International 2011)

Miss India has been participating in the pageant since 1952, starting with and in the pageant since 1959, starting with . Historically, the Femina Miss India pageant sent the winner of the pageant to the pageant and a runner up to Miss Asia Pacific pageant and on some occasions the 2nd runner up used to represent India at contest, whereas Eve's Weekly, a rival women's publication sent the winner of its Miss India contest to and .

In the 1970s, Femina acquired the rights to send a representative to as well, and started to send the winner to Miss Universe and the runner-up to the Miss World contest.[] Later in 1991, Femina Miss India also acquired the rights to send India's representatives to pageant.

In 1994, following India's historic dual wins at both and , 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 .[]> In 2002, the third title was changed to Femina Miss India-Earth, to designate India's representation at the newly launched pageant, focused on the cause of environmental advocacy and a finalist was sent to .

From 2007 to 2009, three equal winners were selected going to , , and . In 2010, acquired the rights to send India's representatives to . Later, in 2013 again acquired the rights to send India's representatives to and launched a new pageant for named .

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

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

In 1994, 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, , won the Miss World title. Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai established themselves in the 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, won the title of . In 1999, the Miss India World went on to win the Miss World that year.

In 2000, three of the Miss India winners won their respective international pageants — (), () and Miss Asia Pacific. The other country to have won all three major titles in one year were in 1972.

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

In 2010, became the first Indian to win the title in , which leaves as the only major international pageant that has not been won by an Indian contestant.

In 2012, won and became first Indian and Asian to win the pageant. She was sent by pageant.

In 2013, won giving India a rare back to back victory. She is the second Indian and first Winner to win 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, .

In 2014, , won Miss Supranational 2014 and became the first ever Indian woman to win the crown. Asha is the second Asian to win the crown. The same year who was crowned the first ever won the first ever Miss Universal Peace and Humanity pageant held in .

After May Myat Noe, the winner of pageant was dethroned, 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.

On some occasions the top finalists have represented India at some other international pageants like , , Miss Tourism. Femina Miss India also sends representatives to other international pageants like Miss United Continent and Miss Universal Peace and Humanity.

International victories

Indian winners in the Big Four

The following is the list of Indian winners in the :

Winners of minor international pageants

The following is the list of Indian winners in various :

Multiple victories in the same year

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

Competition irregularities

In 2008, president of Gladrags, Maureen Wadia, served a legal notice to the newly crowned Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2008, 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 who represented India in the pageant held in November 2008. Harshita was later placed fourth in Miss India 2009 and represented India in Miss International 2009.

In 1989, the winner 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.

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.

Femina Miss India and Miss Diva winners from 2013 - present

Representatives to Big Four pageants

The following women have represented India in the , the four major international for women. These are , , and .

Winner Vice Queen/Virreina Runner Up Finalist/Semifinalist Unplaced

Miss Universe

India did not compete in the pageant from 1953 to 1963. 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 ; however since 2013 a separate pageant has been held to send delegates to Miss Universe and the Miss India winner will represent India at Miss World annually.

Miss World

India did not send delegates in 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963. From 1959 to 1966 representatives to were sent by Eve's Weekly Miss India pageant. In 1968, got the franchise to send 's representative to . They sent the delegates from 1968 to 1970, 1972, 1975. Femina got the franchise in 1976. Femina also sent delegates to 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.

Miss International

Since 2015, Glamanand Supermodel India holds the rights to send India's representatives to pageant. 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, winner was sent to Miss International.

Miss Earth

Main article:

  • In 2015 Glamanand Supermodel India obtained the rights to send 's representatives to .
  • In 2014, winner was sent to pageant.

Representatives to minor international pageants

Miss Supranational

Femina Miss India and Miss Diva () acquired the rights to send India representatives to Miss Supranational only from the year 2013. In the years 2011 and 2012, contestants were selected by Indian Princess pageant.

Year Miss India State Placement Special Awards 2018 Aditi Hundia 2017 Peden Ongmu Namgyal Top 25 Semifinalist Miss Talent - 2nd Runner-up
Best in Swimsuit - 3rd Runner-up 2016 Miss Supranational 2016 Miss Supranational - Asia and Oceania
Miss Mobstar - 3rd Runner-up 2015 Karnataka Top 10 Finalist Miss Supranational - Asia and Oceania
Miss Supranational Top Model - Top 10
Miss Internet - 1st Runner Up
Best National Costume - Top 10 2014 Karnataka Miss Supranational 2014 Miss Talented
Miss Internet - Top 5 2013 Vijaya Sharma Top 20 Semifinalist 2012 Gunjan Saini New Delhi 2011 Michelle Almeda Top 20 Semifinalist 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 Miss India State Placement Special Awards 2018 Meenakshi Choudhary TBA TBA 2017 Top 20 Semifinalist Best National Costume - Top 10 2016 Pankhuri Gidwani Best National Costume - Top 10 2015 Uttar Pradesh 1st Runner Up Best Social Media
Miss Popular–Top 10
Best National Costume–Top 20 2014 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 Miss India State Placement Special Awards 2018 Gayatri Bharadwaj Top 10 Semifinalist Best National Costume - 1st Runner Up 2017 Top 10 Semifinalist 2016 2nd Runner-up Best National Costume
Miss Photogenic - 1st Runner-up 2015 3rd Runner-up Best National Costume
Miss Photogenic 2014 1st Runner-up Best National Costume
Miss Photogenic 2013 Vice Queen Best National Costume - 2nd Runner-up

Miss Asia Pacific World

In the years 2011 and 2012, sent their runners-up to this pageant. Femina had franchise to select their representatives in the years 2013 and 2014.

Year Miss India Placement Special Awards 2016 Wing Of Angel 2014 Swetha Raj Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 - Season 5 (Competition held in the year 2014) Miss Talent 2014 4th Runner Up 2013 Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Best National Costume
Miss Personality
Miss Talent 2012 Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 Best in Evening Gown - 1st Runner Up 2011 Tanvi Singla 3rd Runner Up

India is the only country to win an international pageant three years in a row. In the year 2012, was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific World 2012. In the succeeding year was crowned as Miss Asia Pacific World 2013. In the year 2014, of Myanmar was originally crowned but later she was dethroned. A new pageant was held by the organizers and of India became victorious, thus giving India a rare victory in an international pageant.

Miss Asia Pacific International

Year Miss India Placement Special Awards 2018 Abhilasha Agarwal 2017 Sonika Roy 2016 Shiva Shrishti Vyakaranam 2005 Simran Chandok Best dancer 2003 1st Runner-up Miss Friendship
Miss Talent
Miss Congeniality 2002 Tina Chatwal 2nd Runner-up Miss Internet 2001 Maheshwari Thiagaranjan 2000 Miss Asia Pacific 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 semifinalist 1995 Ruchi Malhotra 1st Runner-up Best in Evening gown 1994 Top 10 semifinalist 1993 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 Semifinalist 1983 Monica Lakhmana 1982 Aparna Sharma 1981 Mehjabeen Ayub Khan Miss Talent 1980 Upneet Pannu 1979 Maureen Mary Lestourgeon 1st Runner-up 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 Miss Asia Pacific 1973 1972 Samita Mukherjee 1971 Urmila Sanandan 1970 Miss Asia Pacific 1970
Miss Photogenic 1969 Tasneem Fakir Mohammed 1968 Anabella Crawford Miss Talent

Miss Intercontinental

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

Year Miss India Placement Special Awards 2018 Suman Chellani TBD TBD 2017 Priyanka Kumari Best National Costume - Winner 2016 Aarushi Sharma 2015 Sneha Priya Roy Top 17 Semifinalist Best National Costume - 2nd Runner-up 2014 Chandni Sharma 2013 Sharon Fernández 2012 Bobby Layal Top 10 Semifinalist 2011 Top 15 Semifinalist 2008 2003 Deepti Gujral 3rd Runner-up 2002 Rakhee Chaudhary Semi-finalist 2001 Top 12 Semifinalist 1998 Tora Khasigar 1999 Semi-finalist 1997 Miss Intercontinental 1997 1978 Miss Intercontinental 1978

Photographs of some notable international titleholders

Femina Miss India

  • , Miss Asia Pacific 2000

Photographs of some titleholders

Femina Miss India Universe

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 1980

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 1984

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 1985

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 1986

  • , Femina Miss India 1999

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 2002

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 2004

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 2007

  • , Femina Miss India Universe 2008

Miss Diva Universe

Femina Miss India World

  • , Femina Miss India World 2002

  • , Femina Miss India World 2004

  • , Femina Miss India World 2006

  • , Femina Miss India world 2007

  • , Femina Miss India World 2009

  • , Femina Miss India World 2012

Femina Miss India Earth

  • , Femina Miss India Earth 2001

  • , Femina Miss India Earth 2002

  • , Femina Miss India Earth 2005

  • , Femina Miss India Earth 2009

  • , Femina Miss India Earth 2011

Miss Diva Earth

Femina Miss India International

  • , Femina Miss India International 1993

  • , Femina Miss India International 2000

  • , Femina Miss India International 2002

  • , Femina Miss India International 2005

  • , Femina Miss India International 2006

  • , Femina Miss India International 2007

  • , Femina Miss India International 2010

  • , Femina Miss India International 2011

  • , Femina Miss India International 2012

Femina Miss India Asia Pacific

  • , Miss Asia Pacific 2003 - 1st Runner Up

  • , Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 1994

See also

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