Priyadarshini Pradhan – Femina Miss India 1987 and World Miss University 1989


While searching for World Miss University 2016 pageant, I came across the past winners of the same contest. I was quite surprised to find out India had won this contest before. Rewati Chetri is currently representing India at World Miss University pageant. She will be the second Indian if she wins this contest after Priyadarshini Pradhan who won the contest in 1989.

A star student in school and college, she is a trained classical Indian dancer in Bharata Natyam and from a young age, did shows for charities like the National Assoc. of the Blind.


Priyadarshini’s real stardom came when she won the prestigious Femina Miss India 1987. Then, she took part in Miss Universe 1987 contest where she was 2nd in the best national costume award and Best Asian delegate(Press).


Priyadarshini competed in the Miss World University pageant in 1989, held in Japan, winning the crown besides winning the Miss Photogenic and Miss Friendship titles. As a winner of the contest, she worked as the U.N. Peace Ambassador for a year. She is the first and only Indian woman to win the crown.

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After working in Japan for Chiyobi Sirene, Priyadarshini returned to India and obtained a BA in Psychology, followed by a Master degree in Business Administration. Besides her excellent academic records, she worked as a model and continued her stint in the world of fashion. Her success and increasing popularity led Priyadarshini to some of the best shows and appearances all over the world and was a firm favourite of designers and choreographers. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Bombay Dyeing, Camay, Rexona, Britannia, Gold Spot, Ericsson, Marlboro, Sunsilk, Carrera Watches, J Hampstead and De Beers. She was featured in books such as Persis Khambatta’s “Pride of India” and Bidapa and Noorani’s “Catwalk Cuisine”.

She has appeared in music videos such as ‘Guzare Zamane’, ‘Miss India’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ and in television programmes for the BBC, Canale5 (Italy), NHK (Japan), SBC (Singapore), MBC (Mauritius), EDT (Dubai), TBV (HK), KBS (South Korea).

Within India’s fashion industry she was recognised as one of the most stunning Miss India, as well as a highly priced ramp model with class. Her porcelain skin was her trademark.

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