Until Sunday evening, not many in India were aware about the whereabouts of Nina Davuluri, who became the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the Miss America pageant. This Telugu girl has created huge debate on Indian-ness and her beauty. Meanwhile, experts in film industry are busy making speculations on whether she will follow the footsteps of Aishwary Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and a few others and make her debut in movies.
Nina Davuluri was born to Telugu parents - mother Sheila Ranjani and father Dr Davuluri Koteshwara Choudhary, who hailed originally from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. Most of her family members are doctors. Following the family trend, the new Miss America pageant wishes to become a cardiologist. In an interview, she said that she would use the prize money $50,000 for her higher education in Medicine.
However, a few Indian girls like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Dia Mirza and Lara Dutta, who have won international beauty pageants in the past, have debuted in Indian films and proved successful, while others like Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, Preeti Desai and Aditi Govitrikar failed to make it big in the industry. Whereas some others like Sabrina Houssami, Maria Venus Raj, Reshma Roopram, Tatum Keshwar, Thanuja Ananthan and Nicole Faria have continued their modeling career.
We bring you the photos of these Indian girls, who have made us proud by winning international beauty pageants. Continue to see them in the slideshow.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Miss World
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has studied architecture, was crowned Miss World in 1994. After this victory, she made her debut in Bollywood. Initially, she had a tough time in the industry. But later she went on to become the No 1 actress in B-Town.
Priyanka Chopra - Miss World
Priyanka Chopra won Miss World in 2000. After winning the crown, she started her filmy career in Bollywood. Like Aishwarya Rai, this beauty queen has managed to survive in the industry. So far, she has been a part of several Blockbuster movies in Hindi.
Dia Mirza - Miss Asia Pacific
Dia Mirza was crowned Miss Asia Pacific in 2000 and became the first Indian to win the title in 27 years. Later, she entered the film industry. After acting in a few Bollywood movies, she started her film production house along with actors Zayed Khan.
Lara Dutta - Miss Universe
Lara Dutta was crowned Miss Universe in 2000. Following the footsteps of her predecessors, she made her debut in a Hindi movie Andaaz. Later, she has starred in several movies and proved successful.
Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe
Sushmita Sen is the first Indian to win the Miss Universe. She was crowned in Manila on May 21 in 1994. She forayed into Bollywood. She is a single, but has adopted two little girls named Renee and Alishah.
Diana Hayden - Miss World
Diana Hayden won the Miss World title in 1997 and she became the third Indian to don this crown after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (1994) and Reita Faria (1966). She entered the Indian TV show Bigg Boss 2. She has also featured in a few Hindi films, but could succeed in the industry.
Yukta Mookhey - Miss World
Yukta Mookhey has won the Miss World title in 1999. She tried to make a career in films, but could not succeed. So she is now running a consulting firm in Mumbai.
Aditi Govitrikar - Mrs World
After completing her graduation in medicine, Aditi Govitrikar participated in beauty contest. She was crowned the Mrs India and subsequently winning Mrs World contest in 2001. Later, she endorsed several beauty products and also appeared in several movies TV shows.
Preeti Desai - Miss Great Britain
Preeti Desai was born to Indian parents Hemlata and Jitendra Desai and was raised in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. She became the first woman of Indian origin to win the Miss Great Britain title in 2006.
Sabrina Houssami - Miss World Australia
Sabrina Houssami who was born to Indian mother Alka and a Lebanese father Ahmad, was crowned Miss World Australia 2006. She has also won Miss World Asia Pacific title.
Maria Venus Raj - Miss Philippines-Earth
Maria Venus Raj was named Miss Philippines-Earth and Miss Philippines Earth Eco Tourism 2008. After being crowned Ms Binibining Pilipinas Universe, she represented the Philippines at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, USA.
Reshma Roopram - Miss Universe Netherlands
Reshma Roopram was born to Indian parents in Scheveningen near The Hague. In October 2000, she won the Miss South Holland contest and became first-runner up at the Miss Netherlands contest. She was crowned Miss Universe Netherlands 2001.
Tatum Keshwar - Miss South Africa
Tatum Keshwar, who is a model of Indian origin, was crowned Miss South Africa 2008 and represented her country at the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Recently, she hosted the South Africa India Film and Television Awards along with Karan Johar and Dia Mirza.
Thanuja Ananthan - Miss World Malaysia
Thanuja Ananthan is an ethnic Indian and she was born and brought up in Kuala Lumpur. She won the Miss World Malaysia crown in 2009.
Nicole Faria - Miss Earth
Nicole Faria who became the first woman from India to be crowned Miss Earth in 2010. Later she has been a regular face on the fashion week ramps in India and also featured in several fashion magazines.