India is known for some of the most beautiful women on the planet, at least judging by the number of beauty pageants won by Indian women. India literally holds the record when it comes to beauty queens. Think about it, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta – they all started their career as beauty queens and then became famous actresses. But these aren’t the only beauty queens in India. In fact, Indian women have won Miss world in 1966 for the first time and since then they won this title again and again in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 20017. So let’s take a look at Indian beauties who have won Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Asia Pacific, Miss Earth and other beauty pageants thanks to their gorgeous looks.
1. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is not only one of the most well known and highest paid Indian actresses, but she’s also one of the most beautiful women in the world and she’s got titles to back that claim up. She’s the winner of Miss India World, Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty – Asia and Oceania and she’s also won the crown for Miss World.
2. Manushi Chhillar
Manushi Chhillar is the most recent Indian beauty to win Miss World. She got that title in 2017. Apart from being an absolutely gorgeous lady, this 20-year-old (at the time) was also studying medicine and hoping to become a heart surgeon. Not really something you generally expect from a beauty queen, is it? Manushi also loves painting, snorkeling and scuba diving in her free time and she’s a trained Indian classical dancer too. Manushi is the sixth Indian woman to win Miss World.
3. Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya is probably the most famous of Indian beauty queens. She won Miss World in 1994 and has often been referred to as the most beautiful woman in the world since then. But she’s not just beautiful, she’s also very talented. Aishwarya also became one of the most influential Indian actresses and won two Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards and IIFA Awards for her work in the Indian film industry.
4. Nicole Faria
Nicole Faria is an absolutely beautiful fashion model from Bangalore, and she was the first Indian woman to win Miss Earth. She won that title in 2010. She’s also won the Miss India Earth pageant and the Pantaloons Femina Miss India pageant in Mumbai.
5. Dia Mirza
Dia Mirza is an Indian actress, model, producer and beauty queen. She’s a woman of many talents. Dia’s started as a runner up at Femina Miss India and then went to Miss Asia Pacific in 2000 where she became the first Indian woman to win that in the past 27 years.
6. Lara Dutta
These days Lara Dutta is a very successful Bollywood actress, she’s also tried her hand at being a producer and of course, she’s a loving mother now too. She also is a winner of a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. But back in 2000 she won the Miss Universe pageant and became the most beautiful woman in the universe.
7. Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen became the first Indian woman to win the title of Miss Universe. It was back in 1994 and felt like a huge breakthrough. Since then she successfully transitioned into being an actress and has been very successful in Bollywood. Her fans love her for being fearless and making interesting choices when it comes to her career.
8. Reita Faria
Reita Faria was the first Indian lady to win an international beauty title. She won Miss World in 1966 and come back to be the judge at Femina Miss India in 1998, and Miss World 1976. But she was one of the few who chose to not go into showbiz and instead went on to have a career in medicine.