FEMINA MISS INDIA - Beauty Pageant on SonyTV
Reita Faria, a young medical student from Mumbai, created history in 1966 by becoming the first Indian to be crowned Miss World. However, it took almost twenty-six years for another Indian to win at an international beauty pageant. The turning point for the Femina Miss India pageant was when Madhu Sapre was selected the second runner-up at the Miss Universe contest in 1992. After she almost missed the Miss Universe crown that year, a lot more planning was put into the competition. The training imparted to the winners was made more intensive and rigorous to ensure they fared exceptionally well internationally. And the result was clearly visible in 1994, with the twin triumphs of Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai, who were crowned Miss Universe and Miss World, respectively. Their feats are responsible for taking the whole business of Indian beauty pageants to where it is today.
Ever since, there have been an array of winsome beauties from India winning international titles: Diana Hayden, Miss World 1997, Yukta Mookhey, Miss World 1999, Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000, Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000, and Diya Mirza, who scored a hat-trick for India, by winning the Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 title. This year Amruta Patki and Tanya Vakil have brought laurels to India by winning the Miss Earth - Air 2006 and the Miss Tourism International first runner up title. Since it first began, the Femina Miss India pageant has changed considerably. The focus has shifted from finding the prettiest face in the country to getting a set of women having the level of finesse and class required to contend internationally.
To vote for your favourite contestant SMS contestants FIRST NAME to 2525 or FEMINA to 2525.
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