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    FEMINA MISS INDIA 2014: BEAUTIES AND STARS ROCK HIGH-OCTANE SHOW


    +Three beauties from the national capital, the economic capital and the tourist capital of the country reigned at the foremost beauty pageant of the country. Petite Koyal Rana, a 21-year-old Delhiite who enjoys dancing, sports, travelling and reading, was crowned the winner. The fbb Femina Miss India 2014 winners were crowned at a star-studded ceremony at YashRaj Studio in Andheri on Saturday evening. Rana will represent India at the Miss World pageant. Each of the five finalists was taken aside and asked a common question that sifted the winners from the runners-up. "In these past 30 days with the Miss India Organization which values or virtues have you learnt from your fellow contestants that you will take back with you?" asked host Riteish Deshmukh.

    Rana answered, "We had a beautiful batch of girls this time ... So vibrant, dynamic, professional when required yet lots of fun. They had both beauty and talent." Her response won the judges' hearts and the crown. Mumbai girl Jhataleka Malhotra from Arya Vidya Mandir was first runner-up while Gail D'Silva from Goa was declared second runner-up.




    Name of the title Winners
    fbb Femina Miss India World 2014 Koyal Rana
    fbb Femina Miss India 2014 1st runner up Jhataleka Malhotra
    fbb Femina Miss India 2014 2nd runner up Gail Da'Silva

    The 51st edition of India's foremost beauty pageant shone with glamour. Even before the evening kicked off, a bevy of former beauties recounted throu8gh a short film their winning moments on world stages, the first of which started with a Miss India crown. The film, celebrating 50 years of the pageant, had the first Miss India, Meher Castelino, to actors such as Priyanka Chopra recount their winning moments and wonder at the continuing appeal of the crown. Then a voice announced the pageant would be judged by Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen-followed by the punchline - "ke khaas dost" - Riteish. He brought on the smiles as he unfolded a pair of dark sunglasses that his wife Genelia had ostensibly warned him to wear in the presence of the 24 dazzling beauties.

    As a prelude to the finalists' arrival, singer Mika and his dancers took the stage for a robust medley of his numbers. Even as his act peaked with 'Subah hone na de', the contestants sashayed in cheerily, making this the perfectly choreographed introduction in years.

    For each round, the girls wore flattering costumes. They were introduced upon the ramp dressed in pret line by Rajesh and Anirban followed by swimwear from Malini Ramani and shiny evening gowns designed by Gaurav Gupta. The performers at the finale included heartthrob Sonakshi Sinha, apart from actors Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. Singers Mika Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh found a willing audience among the suave suits. Sonakshi Sinha enacted a tribute to the stylish former Miss India Zeenat Aman. In a surprising climax, Aman arrived on stage and blessed her.

    The high-profile panel of judges included actors Malaika Arora Khan, Abhay Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vidyut Jamwal and Aditi Rao Hydari, designer Manish Malhotra, singer Honey Singh, Miss World 2013 Megan Yang and boxer Vijender Singh.

    In a role reversal, contestants were given a chance to ask the judges questions. One wanted to know why Yo Yo Honey Singh rap sang his name every time while another asked Malaika if she'd trade her beauty for anything in this world. One wondered why the boxing ring was square not round, and Vijender Singh laughed and said that when a punch landed hard, it did, in fact, appear round. Another judge who showed her quick wit was Miss World 2013 Megan Yang. When asked whether it was difficult to be a beautiful person, she said, "Yes. It is sometimes difficult to take wacky selfies. People ask why you made that face."

    List of subtitle winners
    fbb Femina Miss Fashion Icon, Femina Miss Photogenic Jantee Hazarika
    Femina Miss Iron Maiden, iNIFD Femina Miss Talented, Femina Miss Iron Maiden Deepti Sati
    Yamaha Ray Femina Miss Adventurous Yoshiki Sindhar
    Richfeel Femina Miss Beautiful Hair, Cinnamon Femina Miss Active Nikhila Nandgopal
    Monarch Universal Femina Miss Lifestyle Sahithya Jagannathan
    Femina Miss Body Beautiful Lopamudra Raut
    Times Miss Sudoku Malati Chahar
    Femina Miss Waterbaby Mansi Grewal
    Femina Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Multimedia Irshikaa Mehrortra
    Femina Miss Rampwalk Varsha Gopal
    Palladium Hotel Femina Miss Congeniality Aarpita Kaur
    PCJ Femina Timeless Beauty Gail Dasilva
    Neutrogena Femina Miss Healthy Skin, Beauty with a Purpose Koyal Rana
    fbb Femina Miss Vivacious T J Bhanu
    Femina National Costume Jhataleka Malhotra



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    Utah burn survivor aims to become beauty queen

    Amy Farnsworth-Stratton, a burn survivor who is Mrs. Utah International 2014, gives free presentations about being a burn survivor and inner beauty versus outer beauty.

    When Amy Farnsworth-Stratton was about a year old, her mother put her in the bathtub and walked away.

    She’s still not sure whether her mother forgot to check the water temperature or if she, as a baby, turned on the faucet. Farnsworth-Stratton’s dad found her, when he came home, still sitting in the scalding water, her legs covered in third-degree burns. Her mother hadn’t heard her screaming.


    "That incident, in a few minutes, changed my life," Farnsworth-Stratton said, "changed my family’s life forever."

    Now, Farnsworth-Stratton, who said scars cover about half her body, is taking a stand in hopes of preventing others from going through what she did. After years of insecurity about her appearance, she has been selected as Mrs. Utah International 2014 and will represent the state in the national competition in Florida in July.

    Farnsworth-Stratton, who owns a tutoring company, has never participated in a pageant before. But, in July, she’ll don an evening gown, model fitness wear and answer questions along with about 70 other contestants. Utah didn’t have a competition, but accepted applications and she was selected.
    "I thought how ironic would that be if someone like me," she said, "who all their lives has felt ugly ... how ironic would that be if I was able to become a beauty queen and then could use that title for something good."

    Farnsworth-Stratton hopes to use the pageant — which is for married women ages 21 to 56 — as a way to raise awareness about and help support burn survivors.

    She wants to show other survivors they’re not alone — something that took her a long time to understand.

    Farnsworth-Stratton, who grew up in Texas and now lives in Vernal, didn’t meet another burn survivor until she was an adult.

    As a child, she thought she was the only person with scars covering her body. She dreaded being in a bathing suit. Other kids asked her if she was contagious. They called her lizard legs.


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    A TEENAGER REALISES DREAM OF BEING A BEAUTY QUEEN TWO MONTHS AFTER LOSING BOTH PARENTS

    Samantha Anderson, a 17 year old from Arizona, realised her childhood dream of winning Miss Teen Arizona just two months after she lost her parents in a tragic plane crash.

    The orphaned beauty queen was also crowned Miss Congeniality at the pageant, the same title her late mother, Sherry, won when she was around the same age.

    Both of Samantha's parents were commercial pilots and in mid-February while they were flying a private plane they met with an accident which proved fatal.

    Samantha who is the only child has now moved in with a family friend and is working hard to achieve her bigger goal of winning the national finals pageant in July.


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