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Name– Reita Faria

D.O.B– 23 August 1943

Known as– Miss World 1966

Profession- Model and Doctor

Award– Miss Bombay and Miss World in 1966



Personal life

Reita Faria Powell (born August 23, 1943) born to Goan parents in British Bombay (now Mumbai) is an Indian model, doctor and the winner of the Miss World 1966 pageant, to become the first Asian woman to win the event. She went on to become the first Miss World winner to qualify as a Doctor.

She now lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, endocrinologist David Powell, whom she married in 1971.They have two children (Deirdre and Ann Marie) and five grandchildren (Patrick, Cormac, David, Maria & Johnny).


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Faria was born in Goa. After winning the Miss Mumbai Crown, 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).

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. Thereafter she went on to study at King's College Hospital, London. She married her mentor David Powell in 1971, and in 1973, the couple shifted to Dublin, where she started her medical practice.

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.

The first Indian woman to win an international beauty contest, Reita Faria has served as a trailblazer for many other Indian beauty queens. She won the Miss World crown in 1966. Originally hailing from Matunga in Mumbai, she did her schooling and college education in Mumbai. She had bagged the Miss Mumbai and Miss India titles during her medical studies at the Grant College, Mumbai.

However, after her one-year tenure, she did not do any further modeling, choosing to pursue a career in medicine. She went on to complete her medical studies from the King's College Hospital Medical School, London. She entered into wedlock with Dr. David Powell, whom she met at the King's College. Before they tied the knot, they lived and worked together in Boston for a few years, before returning to Ireland. A Mumbai producer offered her a film when she was just 17 years, but her mother had opposed it. She has settled down in Dublin, Ireland since 1973.



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