Indrani Rahman | The Beauty Queen From India
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If you thought that the Miss Universe pageant was only for single girls, we're about to tell you a story that would make your jaw drop! The Indian woman to represent at the first ever Miss Universe pageant on June 8, 1952, Indrani Rahman, was married and a mother of two kids.
A classical dancer and artist, Indrani stood out amongst the 30 contestants because of her immense talent and drop dead gorgeous looks.
She also became the first dancer to present on a national tour by the Asia Society, and also performed for US President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, during Nehru's official visit to Washington, D.C. Indrani later went on to perform for Emperor Haile Selassie, Queen Elizabeth II, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro. Indrani received the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1969 and also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Taraknath Das Award later on.
Indrani finally settled in New York in 1976 with her mother and continued to popularise the Indian classical dances performing all over the world. She became a faculty member at the Juilliard School at New York's Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in 1976. She also taught in a number of American universities, including Harvard, and spent her later life in the United States, until her death in Manhattan in 1999.
At the young age of 22, Indrani Rahman was the first woman to represent India in the introductory Miss Universe pageant on June 28, 1952.
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At the time, she was a mother and wife, a renowned Indian classical dancer and an all-round beauty. In the now-famous swimsuit round of the international beauty pageant Rahman looked stunning as she adorned a bindi and gajra in her hair, leaving little wonder as to why she caught the fancy of the people worldwide.
Indian traditionalism was further shocked by the fact that a married woman, Mrs. Indrani Rehman of Calcutta, was chosen as the winner. As Mrs. Rehman is a Muslim, her participation was especially defiant of custom, since Muslim women, particularly wives, are even more secluded than their Hindu sisters. Beauty pageants are most wonderful competitions. Full of beauty packed with talents and all over bliss these pageants every year give beautiful faces to the world of glamour.
While the beauty pageants are full of talent showing skills of contestants, its most anticipated round is of swimsuit. Now a days its about toned body and bikinis lets go back to the every first year of Miss Universe competition and see how wonderful Miss India, Indrani Rahman looked in the covered swim suit round.
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