This is the Bb. Pilipinas edition which served as some sort of prelude to the 1994 Miss Universe which the Philippines was hosting in Manila. It was a national finals which saw the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title going to almost everyone’s choice – Charlene Bonnin Gonzalez – who was just the most beautiful among all the candidates in that batch. She went on to finish Top 6 in the bigger pageant where India won its first via Sushmita Sen. The Bb. Pilipinas World winner was uber tall Caroline Subijano who competed in Miss World 1994 and finished in the Top 10 of a strong group that had Aishwarya Rai as winner. And of course, former actress Alma Concepcion was the Bb. Pilipinas International winner. Interestingly, Abbygale Arenas finished 1st Runner-Up here. She returned more triumphantly three years later when she was finally crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1997.
Looking back, it was the second time that India successfully won in both Miss Universe and Miss World on the same year – a feat that is difficult to achieve twice, let alone once.
Right now, 36 year-old Priyanka Chopra is one highly-established beauty queen who was able to achieve success as Miss World 2000, a Bollywood film star and a Hollywood actress.
And now, she is reportedly engaged to actor Nick Jonas after two months of dating. That is one fast-track that will move her up the ladder of global popularity even more!
My Flight Attendant friend – Jeddahliz Maltezo (she once took part in MWP) – shared that she recently had the chance to be the Cabin Crew on board the Business Class section when Pri flew as a passenger. And she swears to her cool and down-to-earth demeanour.
And then there’s Lara Dutta.
I can still distinctly remember the finals of Miss Universe 2000 held in Nicosia, Cyprus for the very first time. Right from the start, the former Miss Intercontinental (from 1997) was on top of her game and you can tell that she was way ahead of 1st Runner-Up Claudia Moreno of Venezuela when only two women were left standing.
It was Lara’s night alright. And she started another 1-2 punch of sorts for India that year – duplicating the 1994 achievements of Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai.
What baffled me then was the non-inclusion of our bet Nina Alagao who was clearly deserving of making it to the first cut at the very least. Even co-hosts Ali Landry/Julie Moran were surprised that she did not make it that far.
Anyways, the “Golden Lampshade” NatCos (made by Alfredo Barraza) of Nina that year was much-talked about because it was something that we have never seen yet in any of our country’s past MU representatives.
Enjoy the remainder of the weekend, dear readers!
When Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai walked the red carpet during the 71st Festival du Cannes in an original butterfly gown by Michael Cinco, the camera flashes and all did not stop – literally every step of the way. The 3-meter train alone can leave any spectator breatless.
And mind you, this is not the first time that the Indian beauty icon proudly wore a creation of Cinco. The two of them have created a perfect team-up, I reckon.
Watch the video below.
A Media Launch was held for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. Pia was welcomed by UN AIDS Director for Asia and the Pacific Steve Kraus and University of the Philippines Applied Mathematics alumna / former UP Diliman Student Council Chair Heart Diño.
UNAIDS’s other Goodwill Ambassadors include Aishawarya Rai, Aung Sun Su Kyi, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts, Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kudos to you, Queen P! 🙂
The years spanning 1994-2000 are considered the Golden Age of Indian beauty queens in the global pageant stage. In that seven-year stretch alone, they managed to score two (2) Miss Universe wins and four (4) Miss World crowns. What’s more interesting is that they book-ended this period with victories in both Miss Universe and Miss World (1994 and 2000) with a bonus Miss Asia-Pacific title in the latter year.
From 2001 onwards, everything seemed to be bleak up until Nicole Faria nailed Miss Earth 2010 in Vietnam and Asha Bhat was declared Miss Supranational last year in Poland. It would also be interesting to note that India has never won Miss International with their latest (and highest) triumph being last 2003 when Shonali Nagrani placed 1st Runner-Up to Goizeder Azua of Venezuela.
Do watch now an old clip showing the reunion of Miss India winners last 2000 from where the photos above were taken from.
courtesy of syamp8
courtesy of Miss World 2014
When Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai was honored with the “Beauty With A Purpose” Lifetime Achievement Award during the finals of Miss World 2014 last Sunday, it immediately brought back a flood of memories about her rise to fame more than twenty years ago and a continuous popularity in her native India and other countries.It’s like Ash is the most iconic representation of the beauty title that gathers the most number of delegates in any international beauty competition. And I reckon it most apt that the honor bestowed by MWO Head Julia Morley came at a time when the reigning winner was still Miss World 2013 Megan Young who many people are saying as the best Miss World ever. It’s like the meeting of the two most popular and purposeful winners of the same. courtesy of NDTV
Other than Beauty With A Purpose, Ash represents Beauty With Substance – a woman who may have become a worldwide celebrity but has been tagged by people around her as the “Proper Diva”. She knows her stature, but has kept a level-headed disposition ever since. In fact, she has never gone beyond the parameters of acting up in any commitment she has agreed to fulfill. A true beauty, inside and out. 🙂
courtesy of Bollywood Now
1966 – Reita Faria
1994 – Aishwarya Rai
1997 – Diana Hayden
1999 – Yukta Mookhey
2000 – Priyanka Chopra
Will 2013 be another Indian year in next month’s Miss World finals?
You see, Miss World India 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon is aiming high and for good reasons at that. She has been the most promising MW rep of her country in a long time. And with the consistently favored treatment given by Julia Morley to India in the pageant, I won’t be surprised if she gets far in the competition.
The question is, with the extremely busy batch of reportedly 160 delegates converging in Indonesia, will she be noticed more evenly than the rest?
At any rate, watch out for Navneet! 😉