Miss World: Indian Winners and Their Legacy of Grace

India’s successful journey in the Miss World pageant has been a tale of intelligence and grace. The exceptional women who have held the title of Miss World are extremely beautiful and intelligent. But when it comes to Miss World, Indian women have displayed beauty, profound compassion, and a commitment to societal betterment.

These winners have used their platform to drive significant change. This blog further delves into the inspiring stories of resilience and impact from India’s Miss World champions, celebrating their lasting contributions to society.

About Miss World

Since 1951, Miss World has been the oldest-running International Beauty Contest. This contest was founded by Eric Morley on July 29, 1951, in the United Kingdom. The pageant runs by the motto of ‘Beauty with a Purpose.’ It displays the talent and attractiveness of female contestants from different nations. 

Contestants worldwide compete for this prestigious title, which is awarded based on a combination of factors, including vision, beauty, intelligence, wit, sensitivity, and overall personality. Miss World is part of the Big Four International Beauty Pageants, including Miss Universe, Miss Earth, and Miss International. Additionally, this grouping represents the most recognized and celebrated international beauty competitions globally.

List of Miss World from India

India has had six Miss World winners to date. The first pageant was won in 1966. India won the title again in 1994 after a gap of 28 years. India won the competition for the third time in 1997 after a 3-year gap, and in 1999, India captured the title for a record-tying fourth time. The fifth crown was won in 2000; in 2017, the sixth title was obtained after 17 years.

Here is a complete list of all the 6 winners:

Reita Faria Powell

Reita Faria Powell, born in 1943, is the first Indian woman to win the Miss World title in 1966. Her victory broke barriers and challenged societal norms. It also paved the way for future generations of Indian women.

Reita was born in Mumbai and pursued her medical studies at Grant Medical College there. She was crowned Miss World and became the first Indian and Asian woman to achieve this feat. Her victory sparked intense national pride and challenged traditional beauty standards in India.

Information Details 
Full Name Reita Faria Powell
Date of Birth 23 August 1943
Place of BirthMumbai, Maharashtra
Education Grant Medical College, Mumbai
Occupation Physician, Former Model
Miss World Crown1966
Basic Profile of Reita Faria Powell: India’s First Miss World Winner

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai

The second Miss World from India is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who won the title in 1994. She was born in Mangalore, Karnataka on November 1, 1973. She pursued architecture studies but then dropped out to pursue her career in modelling and acting.

Aishwarya became the second Indian woman to be crowned Miss World, which brought immense national pride, solidifying India’s position in beauty pageants. Later, she established herself as one of the most successful and influential actresses in Bollywood.

Information Details 
Full NameAishwarya Rai Bachchan
Date of Birth1 November, 1973
Place of BirthMangalore, Karnataka
Education Architecture
Occupation Actress, Model
Miss World Crown 1994
Basic Profile of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: India’s Miss World 1994

Diana Hayden

Diana Hayden is the third Miss World from India crowned in 1997. She was born in Hyderabad on May 1, 1973. Diana completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the London School of Economics. 

She began her career as a model and participated in various contests. Diana impressed the judges at Miss World 1997 with her intelligence, confidence, and advocacy for social causes. She earned the title of Miss World, becoming the third Indian woman to achieve this feat.

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Full Name Daina Hayden
Date of Birth1 May 1973
Place of BirthHyderabad, India
Education Bachelor of Commerce
Occupation Actress, Model
Miss World Crown 1997
Basic Profile of Diana Hayden: India’s Miss World 1997

Yukta Mookhey

Yukta Mookhey is the fourth Miss World from India. Yukta was born on November 2, 1979, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She completed her early education at St. Joseph’s Convent High School in Mumbai. Yukta graduated from the University of Mumbai with a degree in Zoology. She also achieved a diploma in Computer Science. 

Yukta began her career in modelling, participating in various local and National Competitions. She participated in the Miss World competition in 2000 and won it that year after which she continued her modelling and also hosted the International Indian Film Festival. She debuted in Bollywood as an actress in 2002.

Information Details 
Full Name Youkta Mookhey
Date of Birth2 November, 1979
Place of BirthBengaluru, Karnataka
Education Bachelor in Zoology
Occupation Model, Actress
Miss World Crown1999
Basic Profile of Yukta Mookhey: India’s Miss World 1999

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

The fifth Miss World from India is Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand on July 18, 1982. Priyanka Chopra’s father, Ashok Chopra, and mother, Madhu Chopra, were physicians in the Indian Army. She had to change schools many times due to her parents’ relocation.

However, she completed her early education at St. La Martiniere Girls School in Lucknow. Later, she was admitted to Jai Hind College but dropped out to join the Miss World race. Priyanka Chopra won the crown in the year 2000. 

After this, she began her career as an actress in Bollywood. Later, she was awarded the Padma Shri Award and was featured in Forbes Magazine’s ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ and ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. She also successfully entered Hollywood. 

Information Details 
Full Name Priyanka Chopra
Date of Birth18 July 1982
Place of BirthJamshedpur, Jharkhand
Education Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Occupation Model, Actress, Film Producer
Miss World Crown2000
Basic Profile of Priyanka Chopra: India’s Miss World 2000

Manushi Chillar

Manushi Chhillar

The sixth and most recent Miss World from India is Manushi Chillar. She was born in Rohtak, Haryana on May 14, 1997. Her father, Dr Mitra Basu Chillar, and mother, Dr Neelam Chillar, are doctors. Manushi completed her early education at St. Thomas School in New Delhi and her MBBS degree from Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College.

Manushi comes from a very well-to-do and educated family. Her father also worked as a physician and scientist at the Defense Research and Development Organization. After completing college, Manushi participated in the Miss World competition and won the crown in 2017. Some of the additional details about her are below.

Information Details 
Full Name Manushi Chillar
Date of Birth 14 May 1997
Place of Birth Rohtak, Haryana
Education Bachelor of Medical and Surgery (MBBS)
Occupation Doctor, Model, Actress
Miss World Crown 2017
Basic Profile of Manushi Chillar: India’s Miss World 2017


India has a remarkably successful history at Miss World. Looking ahead, it is difficult to predict when exactly India might beg for another Miss World title. However, the consistent presence in the competition suggests they will remain a force to be reckoned with. With continued focus on beauty and social awareness in the candidates, India is definitely likely to see another Miss World in the future.


Who is the chairperson of the Miss World Organisation?

Julia Morley succeeded as the chairwoman of the Miss World organisation after her husband, Eric Morley, died in 2000.

Who is the current Miss World?

Krystyna Pyszkova of the Czech Republic is the current Miss World. She was crowned on 9 March 2024 in Mumbai.

How is the representative for Miss World chosen in India?

The Femina Miss India contest decides the representative for Miss World from India. The winner then automatically qualifies to represent India at the International Miss World pageant.

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