The story of India’s victorious run in the Miss World pageant is one of grace, elegance, and intelligence. Indian beauty queens have made a lasting impression on the world scene, from Reita Faria Powell’s historic victory in 1966 to Priyanka Chopra’s international fame after her victory in 2000.

These amazing ladies, who represent a country rich in culture and diversity, have demonstrated not just their beauty but also their compassion and dedication to improving society. This piece will explore the remarkable history of Miss World titles held by India, as well as the inspirational ladies who have worn the title with pride.

India's Miss World

About Miss World Pageant

Every year, the Miss World Organization hosts the highly regarded Miss World pageant, which defies traditional notions of beauty. The pageant was established in 1951 and judges candidates on vision, wit, hard work, attractiveness, personality, and sensitivity. It strives to identify and celebrate “beauty with a purpose”—a celebration of empowered femininity and the varied force of nature that women represent—rather than only being a display of physical beauty.

The Miss World Organization also engages in charitable work, sending money from benefit events to impoverished and conflict-ridden areas of the globe. The victor takes home the coveted title and serves as an ambassador for change for a year. She fervently promotes awareness of urgent global issues like poverty, hunger, climate change, and women’s empowerment during her reign.

The Miss World pageant is a wonderful example of how beauty can have a good social impact. It serves as a potent platform that goes beyond the general public’s conception of beauty pageants and embraces a greater goal of promoting empathy, understanding, and significant change on a worldwide level.

India’s list of Miss World

So far, India has taken home six Miss World titles. Reita Faria was the first Indian Miss World pageant winner in 1966. India went on to win the Miss World title five more times, in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2017. Below is a list of all the Indian Miss World contestants:

Reita Faria 

Being the first Asian woman to win the Miss World competition, Reita Faria, also known as Rita Faria, is an Indian medical doctor and beauty queen. Reita Faria decided to pursue a profession in medicine after winning Miss World and went on to become a prosperous physician with a focus on anesthesiology.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Known as the “Queen of Bollywood,” Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an Indian actress and the former Miss World. In 1994, Aishwarya Rai became the second Indian lady to win the coveted title of Miss World pageant. After winning Miss World, Aishwarya Rai went on to have a very prosperous career in Bollywood, the Indian film industry. 

Diana Hayden 

Diana Hayden is an Indian beauty queen, model, and actress who was crowned Miss World in 1997. Diana became the third Indian woman to win the title in the Miss World contest.Following her victory as Miss World, Diana Hayden pursued a career in acting and modelling. She starred in a number of Indian motion pictures and television series.

Yukta Mookhey 

Yukta Mookhey, an Indian actress and beauty queen won Miss World Title in 1999. After winning Miss World title she followed a modelling career and she eventually entered the Indian film industry. She gained popularity for her acting abilities by starring in multiple Bollywood films.

 Priyanka Chopra Jonas 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an Indian actress and singer and won Miss World Title in 2000. Priyanka Chopra went on to have a very prosperous career in the entertainment business both domestically and abroad after her win as Miss World. She rose to prominence in Bollywood as one of the most accomplished actors before moving to Hollywood. 

Manushi Chhillar 

Indian model and beauty queen Manushi Chhillar won the 2017 Miss World title, which brought her prominence on a global scale. Manushi Chhillar started a journey that made her a well-known figure in the fashion and charity industries after winning the title of Miss World. She has advocated for numerous social concerns utilising her platform, with a special emphasis on women’s hygiene and health. 

Miss World India 2023

By the end of this year, India will host the famous Miss World contest for the first time in 27 years. The pageant was last conducted in Bengaluru in 1996. The Miss India Organization stated that choosing India as the host country this year “recognizes the nation’s rich cultural heritage, its commitment to promoting diversity, and its passion for empowering women.”

India will be represented in Miss World 2023 by Sini Shetty, the 2022 Miss India World winner.

The coveted title has already been won by a number of other Indian beauty queens. These are all of the Indian Miss World winners.