Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that yearly selects representatives to compete in Miss World. Miss World is one of the Big Four major international beauty pageants. Miss India is organised by Femina, a women’s magazine published by The Times Group. Femina also organizes Miss Diva separately Since 2013, which sends representatives to Miss Universe.
The first Miss India was Pramila from Calcutta, who won in 1947. The local press organised it.
Indrani Rehman after being crowned Miss India 1952. She was the first Indian woman to participate in the Miss Universe held in the United States in 1952.
Miss India has been participating in the Miss Universe pageant since 1952. Historically, the Femina Miss India pageant sent the winner of the pageant to the Miss Universe pageant and a runner-up to Miss Asia Pacific pageant and on some occasions, the 2nd runner-up used to represent India at International Teen Princess contest.
During some special occasions, the top finalists have represented India at some other international pageants like Miss Heritage, Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism. Femina Miss India also sends representatives to other international pageants like Miss United Continent and Miss Universal Peace and Humanity.
Tamil Nadu’s Anukreethy Vas was crowned Femina Miss India World 2018 by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar. She will now represent India at Miss World 2018.
Here is the list of Miss India winners from 1964 to 2018–
|2019||Held in June 2019||–|
|2017||Shraddha Shashidhar||Tamil Nadu|
|2011||Vasuki Sunkavalli||Andhra Pradesh|
|2010||Ushoshi Sengupta||West Bengal|
|2008||Simran Kaur Mundi||Maharashtra|
|2007||Puja Gupta||New Delhi|
|2006||Neha Kapur||New Delhi|
|2003||Nikita Anand||New Delhi|
|2002||Neha Dhupia||New Delhi|
|2001||Celina Jaitley||West Bengal|
|1995||Manpreet Brar||New Delhi|
|1994||Sushmita Sen||New Delhi|
|1991||Christabelle Howie||Tamil Nadu|
|1985||Sonu Walia||New Delhi|
|1982||Pamela Chaudry Singh||New Delhi|
|1978||Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan||Punjab|
|1976||Naina Sudhir Balsavar||Uttar Pradesh|
|1974||Shailini Bhavnath Dholakia||Maharashtra|
|1972||Roopa Satyan||New Delhi|
|1968||Anjum Mumtaz Barg||Maharashtra|
|1967||Nayyara Mirza||New Delhi|
|1964||Meher Castelino Mistri||Maharashtra|
|1952||Indrani Rehman||Tamil Nadu|