Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Article From: The Times of India

Femina Miss India, the pageant that defines the Indian woman completes fifty glorious years! It's been a long journey and many things have changed over the years.
FIRST: India got its very first Miss World when Reita
Faria was crowned as the world's most beautiful
lady at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1966
Femina Miss India has provided a platform to many reigning beauties who have gone on to accomplish great things in their lives including Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai, Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden, Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra, Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta and Miss Asia Pacific 2000 Dia Mirza.
SEN-SATIONAL: Miss Universe 1994: Sushmita Sen was
 crowned India's first Miss Universe in Manila in 1994
DOUBLE WHAMMY: Aishwarya Rai thrilled her nation
when she brought back another major crown for India in
1994 when she won the 44th Miss World title in South Africa
And to celebrate the occasion, a special audio visual was shown at a press conference that was held in Mumbai today. The audio visual featured the 50 beauties who were lucky to be crowned Femina Miss India and their journey from winning the title to representing their country at international pageants.
QUEEN DIANA: Diana Hayden won her country's
third Miss World title in November 1997 in the Seychelles
 The event saw the who's who of the beauty industry including the reigning Femina Miss India title winners 2012, Miss World 2012 finalist Vanya Mishra, Miss India International 2012 Rochelle Maria Rao and Miss India Earth 2012 Prachi Mishra. Also present were Miss India International 2011 Ankita Shorey (who also hosted the spectacular event), Meher Castelino, the very first Femina Miss India, noted designer Narendra Ahmed Kumar and Marc Robinson, Director Operations-Contestant and Creative- Femina Miss India, to name a few.
INDIA ON FIRE: India got their fourth Miss World
crown at the pageant's 49th event in London. Miss World
1999, Yukta Mookhey poses for photographers with her crown
As the event proceeded, The Ponds Femina Miss India 2013 logo was launched and Femina in association with Ponds- the title sponsors for Femina Miss India 2013 promised to bring the titles back home.
red hot year for India. Lara Dutta started it by winning her
country's 2nd Miss Universe title when she was crowned in Cyprus
The Femina Miss India 2013 event will be telecast live on the leading General Entertainment Channel, Colors and CEO Raj Naik promised to make the event colorful. Pond's Femina Miss India 2013 title track was also launched and singer Shibani Kashyap gave a live performance on stage and the song defined the changing Indian woman of today!

NAMASTE: Just like 1994, India won the Miss World
crown in the same year as Miss Universe. Priyanka Chopra
was crowned the 50th Miss World at the Millenium Dome
in London by her fellow Indian, Miss World 1999, Yukta Mookey
Arun Srinivas, Vice President Skincare, Hindustan Unilever spoke on Pond's association with Femina, "Ponds has been an iconic brand. It has helped women achieve their dreams over the last few decades. It's a pleasure on behalf of Hindustan Unilever to partner with Femina Miss India. It has helped millions of girls to achieve their dreams and will inspire millions more to aspire. In the 50th year, it heralds the coming of two iconic brands of beauty - Ponds and Femina. This event will be a landmark year for the pageant as well as our partnership".

Charanjeet Bharaj, National Director Sales and Marketing, Femina, spoke about Femina's association with Ponds. "We are very proud to have Ponds with us because they understand beauty truly. Ponds is the best partner who will help us get the best talent this year". Adding, "What will also make a difference this year is our telecast partner Colors".
GREEN BEAUTY: India's most recent major international
title was when Nicole Faria was crowned Miss Earth 2010 in Vietnam
The event ended with a cake cutting ceremony with Marc Robinson, the current and ex Femina Miss India title winners, Charanjeet Bharaj and Arun Srinivas gracing the stage.

Article: The Times of India

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