Over the years Indian beauties have firmly proved that when it's about winning an International Beauty Pageant then they own ample amount of charm, elegance and intelligence to leave millions of people mesmerised.
So before Miss Universe Pageant 2012 present us the most elegant global beauty of 2012, let's have a look at some of the yesteryear beauties of Indian origin who brought honour to our country in International Beauty Pageants of the past.
Reita Faria - Miss World (1966)
It all started with Reita Faria, who for the first time brought the glory to India in 1966. Reita made it to International stage after winning Miss Bombay crown earlier that year and later on won the Eve's Weekly Miss India contest.
Unlike her successors, Reita after completing her one year tenure as Miss World, refused to go ahead with modeling and films and instead preferred to concentrate on her medical studies.
Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe (1994)
By her striking personality and charming attitude, Sushmita left millions of people spellbound in 1994, when she turned into first Indian diva to win the Miss Universe title.
Post that Susmita headed for showbiz and turned into one of the most sought after sizzler of the tinsel town.
Aishwarya Rai - Miss World (1994)
It won't be wrong to say that the beauty who truly went global after her beauty pageant stint is none other than most sought after 'Bahurani' of tinsel town Ash.
Be it Bollywood, or the red carpet, Ash's elegance and the spell of those blue eyes always manage to mesmerise millions of hearts. And undoubtedly the charisma that this divine beauty owned in 1994 is still the same in her persona.
Diana Hayden - Miss World (1997)
Sizzling Diana was crowned Miss World in the year 1997. Post which even she tried her luck in showbiz but could not attain much.
During her showbiz stint she acted in very few Bollywood movies and was also seen in the second season of the popular Indian TV show Bigg Boss.
Yukta Mookhey - Miss World (1999)
After winning the Miss World title in 1999, unlike other global beauty icons of Indian origin, Yukta realised it quite early that showbiz arena is not meant for her.
Hence just after delivering a few BO disasters Yukta opted to tie the nuptial knot with Prince Tulli of Nagpur.
Lara Dutta - Miss Universe (2000)
It won't be wrong to call 2000 as the jackpot year for Indian beauties who participated in various beauty pageants.
Starting from the top, it was the elegance and intelligence of dusky beauty Lara which thoroughly impressed Miss Universe pageant jury and fetched the title of Miss Universe for this Bangla beauty.
Priyanka Chopra - Miss World (2000)
Undoubtedly, our very own Piggy Chops is one of the most versatile diva of Bollywood. Pee Cee's showbiz jaunt began only after she won Miss World title in 2000. And since then there was no looking back for Priyanka, who now belong to the elite league of tinsel town natives.
Dia Mirza - Miss Asia Pacific (2000)
Third diva who made India proud in 2000 was gorgeous Dia Mirza, who lifted the title of Miss Asia Pacific when the Miss Universe and Miss World titles were also won by Indian beauties.
This time it's Shilpa Singh who is representing Indian subcontinent at the international beauty pageant to be held in Las Vegas.
This gorgeous stunner from Samastipur is a technocrat by profession, so now it will be interesting to see if she can repeat the history for India by the perfect show of her beauty and brain.