Reita Faria, India’s First Miss World, Who Left It All To Become A Doctor

It was back in 1966 when Mumbai-born Reita Faria, won India its first glory on the Miss World pageant.

Faria, who was 21 at that time, was not only the first Indian to achieve the feat, but also the first Asian to do so.


While the title would have opened for Faria a world of opportunity in the field of modelling and Bollywood, the youngster after completing her tenure, decided to give it all up.

Faria bid the modelling world adieu and went on to complete her MBBS degree. She became the first Miss World winner to qualify as a doctor.

Her move to quit modelling came as a surprise to many as Reita was not only well known in India, but the world over.

In 1971, Reita married her mentor Dr. David Powell and in 1973 the couple decided to move to Dublin, Ireland and start their own medical practice there.

After decades of living an anonymous life, Faria resurfaced in the glamour industry back in 1998, when she was seen as a judge for Femina Miss India-1998.

Earlier, she had also judged the Miss World-1976 contest.

The 70 year old was also honoured by UK-based Goan community few years back, where it was revealed that she was born in  Mumbai, but her ancestral village is in Tivim, Goa.

At present, she lives in Dublin with her husband, two kids and five grandkids.

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