Big winners all, reunited (left-to-right): Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra, Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta, Miss World 1998 Yukta Mookhey, Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 Diya Mirza, Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden and Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai
Left-to-right: Yukta, Aishwarya, Sushmita and Diana
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
Will Navneet become India’s 6th Miss World titleholder?
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! 😉