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What Indian Beauty Queens Wanted To Become And What They Actually Did

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"The contestants from India, so they having some kind of advantage," asked the interviewer.

"We do because we always seem to stand out, first of all, because of the way we dress and our heritage that we carry along with us wherever we go. And we are always in the view. And plus the way I guess we present ourselves, carry ourselves," answered the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant, Priyanka Chopra.

Begining from Reita Faria Powell, who was the first Asian woman to win the crown of Miss World in 1966, to Manushi Chhillar in 2017, India is creating a huge impact on various International beauty pageants, and even the world can see it.

Have a look at the lives of Indian Beauty Queens and see how they planned their lives after winning the crown of being the most beautiful women. 

#1 Reita Faria


Reita Faria Powel became the first Miss World winner to qualify as a Doctor in 1966. After winning the title, she rejected the life of the diva and decided to study medicine. It is said that since her childhood, she wanted to help people in some or the other way. And her career in medicine was for her the best choice. 

Reita, 74, now lives in Dublin, Ireland.


Following her one-year occupancy as Miss World, she later denied opting for modelling and films and preferably focused on her medical career. She later finished her M.B.B.S. degree and married her mentor David Powell in 1971. Soon the couple shifted to Dublin, where she began her medical practice.

#2 Aishwarya Rai


Aishwarya Rai is the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. During this period, Aishwarya was a twenty-one-year-old architecture student. Aishwarya revealed in an interview with India Today's journalist, Sunrita Sen, in the year 1994, "I do want my education badly enough. As of now, architecture was my interest. I am also very interested in film-making, considering the fact that I have been modeling." She then made her acting presentation in a Tamil film Iruvar and made her Bollywood debut in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya. 

She has enhanced herself as one of the Bollywood's most promising performers.


Currently, she is living a happy marital life with husband Abhishek Bachchan whom she married in 2007. She is a brand ambassador for several charity organizations and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS). In 2003, she became the leading Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.  
So many years have passed, and it seems like all her dreams to become a successful actress have come true.

#3 Diana Hayden

Diana Hayden won the Femina Miss India contest in 1997 and was crowned Miss World 1997. At her final interview, she revealed how she wants to choose those small ways in which she can make a huge difference in the lives of many people and help them fulfill their dreams. In 2001, she earned her screen debut in the film version of Shakespeare's Othello in South Africa. 

But her Bollywood career didn't go as per the expectations.


It is believed that Diana tried her luck in Bollywood but was not prepared to accomplish much. She was contracted by Avalon Academy in 2006 as the face of the Academy and even now serves as a star Guest Lecturer for airline employees training meetings. 

#4 Yukta Mookhey

Yukta Mookhey is the winner of the Miss World 1999 pageant. Like many other, Mookhey joined the film industry with an item number in a Tamil movie, Poovellam Un Vasam. Then she made her Hindi film debut with Pyaasa in 2002. Unfortunately, most of her film proved to be a flop at the box office.

She is known for her humble work. 

In 2004, she became a member of the political party Bharatiya Janata Party. She is also into social and generous causes for the needy and underprivileged. In 2010, she pledged to donate her eyes. 

#5 Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra is the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. In her first interview after winning the title, Priyanka revealed that "I don't want to change things, I can't change things because I am just one person. But I have got an opportunity and platform where I can influence people's minds and their actions."  

She wanted to study aeronautical engineering or criminal psychology.

Did you know that Priyanka originally wanted to study aeronautical engineering or criminal psychology? But then she accepted Bollywood offers and made her debut in the movie, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003). And currently, everyone knows what she has achieved in her career and needs no further introduction.

#6 Manushi Chhillar


Manushi Chhillar, 20, was titled Miss World 2017 in China. Unlike every other beauty pageants who plan to enter Bollywood after winning the crown, Manushi aspires to become a doctor.  

In one of her recent interviews with Deccan Chronicle, she mentioned...


"I have no plans of entering the film profession anytime soon. But still, it is my dream to work with Aamir Khan. If ever, I get into films, I would love to work with him."

#7 Sushmita Sen


Sushmita Sen was the winner of the Miss Universe pageant of 1994. She was the first Indian woman to win the crown. After winning the title, in an interview, Sushmita revealed that she had planned to quit modelling and wants to help budding models grow.

But soon after this, Sen went on to pursue Bollywood.


Sushmita started her career with the Hindi film Dastak. She is a single mother who adopted a baby girl in 2000 and a second girl in 2010. She was last seen in movies in 2015 when she did the Bengali film Nirbaak. 

#8 Lara Dutta Bhupathi

Lara Dutta Bhupathi was crowned Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000. In the past, Lara indicated her desire to pursue journalism as a career. Even in an interview in May 2000 with the United News of India, Dutta declared that she wanted to write and that her role model is CNN's anchor, Christine Amanpour.

But she soon entered Bollywood.


Lara made her Bollywood debut in 2003 with the romantic drama film Andaaz. The movie was a box office success, and she even won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She is currently active in yoga. She advises a number of videos on YouTube, especially for the prenatal yoga.

#9 Zeenat Aman

Zeenat Aman won the Miss Asia Pacific 1970 title. Her father, Amanullah Khan, was a scriptwriter who wrote under the nom de plume 'Aman', which was Zeenat affirmed as her second name. After winning, Zeenat got determined to take the dive in Bollywood. Her career in Bollywood started with a small role in Hulchul in 1971.  

'Yaadon Ki Baaraat' and 'Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko' are still her best ones.

She appeared on every Hindi film magazine's cover during the 1970s. She was the favourite cover girl of Stardust, one of the most popular magazines. Currently, she lives with her two sons and is often seen in various film awards functions.

#10 Dia Mirza

This beauty queen won the Miss Asia Pacific title in the year 2000. According to Femina, Dia always wanted to be a lawyer before she won the crown. She desired to continue her graduation in Arts but could not complete it till now. 

Though she was not able to become a lawyer, she contributed her time and effort in many awareness operations (closer to her goal, right?).


She has also done many awareness operations on the repression of female foeticide, HIV awareness, the Cancer Patients Aid Association, PETA, ADAPT and CRY. She openly encouraged the Narmada Bachao Andolan and had also provided articles for Hindustan Times and other publications. She also co-owns a production house, Born Free Entertainment, with her hubby Sahil Sangha. And she had plans to complete her graduation in Arts. 

#11 Nicole Faria

Nicole Estelle Faria was the first woman from India to win Miss Earth. She first got into the career of fashion when she was 15 years old. She worked in the industry of Delhi, Mumbai, and Colombo. Since the international Miss Earth pageant, she has had occasions to enter Bollywood. In an interview, she revealed that she does not really hook up to any particular plan as she believed in taking one step at a time.

She then made her Bollywood debut in as a lead actress in 2014 Bollywood film Yaariyan.

"It has changed a lot - drastically. Right after the win, I started getting better work and more work. The quality of work shot up to the stars. And I have met so many new people, so many nice, very warm-hearted people. I have got to travel the world, see more places, get a taste of different cultures and traditions, which is very satisfying for me." 

Story source: WIKIPEDIA

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