Dr. Reita Faria Powell – The First Miss world from Miss India in 1966 Rare Photos. Dr. Reita Faria Powell born Bombay, date unknown (Around 1945). She became the first Indian woman to win the Miss World title, in 1966. After winning the Miss Bombay crown earlier that year, she won the Eve’s Weekly Miss India contest (not to be confused with the Femina Miss India competition, won that year by Yasmin Daji.) She was the first Asian to win Miss World.
After her one year tenure, she refused modeling and films and instead concentrated on medical studies. She lives in Dublin, Ireland with her husband David Powell, and has two children and five grandchildren.] Reita was a judge at Femina Miss India 1998, and has come back to judge the Miss World competition on a few occasions.
After her one-year tenure as Miss World, she refused modeling and films and instead concentrated on medical studies. Reita Faria was a student at the Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals where she completed her M.B.B.S. degree.
Reita was a judge at Femina Miss India in 1998, and has come back to judge the Miss World competition on a few occasions. For instance she was a judge along with Demis Roussos at the Miss World final of 1976 held in London where Cindy Breakespeare was crowned Miss World. She now lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, endocrinologist David Powell, whom she married in 1971. They have two children and five grandchildren.