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.