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Indians who won international beauty pageants

Nearly three decades after Reita Faria won the Miss World title in 1966, Sushmita Sen, an 18-year-old from Delhi, was crowned as Miss Universe 1994. The same year, Aishwarya Rai also won the Miss World title. The two young ladies did the nation proud at a time when India’s socio-economic landscape was undergoing major changes owing to globalisation. In the years that followed, India won another Miss Universe title—Lara Dutta (2000); five more Miss World titles—Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999), Priyanka Chopra (2000), Manushi Chhillar (2017), and one Miss Earth title—Nicole Faria (2010). (Image courtesy: AFP)