12 Rare Pictures Of First Indian Lady To Participate In Miss Universe

Do you know, when was the first Miss Universe pageant held?

12 Rare Pictures Of First Indian Lady To Participate In Miss Universe
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Miss Universe 1952, the very 1st Miss Universe pageant, was held on 28 June 1952 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, California, USA. 30 contestants competed for the crown. And among those contestants, Indrani Rahman also made it to the Top 30 giving everyone a tough competition. 

I am sure if it wasn't Miss India Indrani Rahman, we wouldn't have had Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta and Aishwarya Rai receiving honor and respect at the Miss Universe pageant in the later years. 

To know more about Indrani, read further...

Indrani was only 22...

Indrani was only 22...

When she made it to the beauty pageant. 

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You might be thinking how did she manage to get well with the swimsuit, right?.

You might be thinking how did she manage to get well with the swimsuit, right?.
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Did you notice something unusual in the picture? 

Hold your breath...

Hold your breath...
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Not only did she carry herself well in the swimsuit, she also grabbed everyone's attention with the bindi and gajra adding a desi swag. 

After being crowned as Miss India...

After being crowned as Miss India...
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Indrani was the first one to represent India in 1952.

Indrani was known for her dancing skills and...

Indrani was known for her dancing skills and...
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She was a trained classical dancer in Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, and Odissi. 

To your amazement...

To your amazement...
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She was the first dancer on a national tour by the Asia Society, and also performed for the US president, John F. Kennedy.  

Indrani has also performed for...

Indrani has also performed for...
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She also performed for Queen Elizabeth II.

Indrani was awarded Padma Shri in 1969.

Indrani was awarded Padma Shri in 1969.
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She was also awarded other prestigious awards like Tarakanth Das Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. 

Indrani is a true example of beauty with brains!

Indrani is a true example of beauty with brains!
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She taught at Harvard University and other American Universities.

She never forgot her roots.

She never forgot her roots.
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She settled in New York with her mother and continued to popularize Indian classical dance form. 

She was married to...

She was married to...
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A well-known architect, Habib Rahman, was married to Indrani.

Must say she was really beautiful, and no doubt that she made it to the contest. 

Must say she was really beautiful, and no doubt that she made it to the contest. 
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Though she is no more with us today, she will remain in our hearts and memories.