Mumbai: Priyadarshini Chatterjee, who represented India at Miss World 2016 event held at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, could only make it to the top 20. Puerto Rico girl Stephanie Del Valle went on to win the Miss World 2016 title.
The Miss India title holder featured in the top five contestants for the Beauty With a Purpose title but eventually lost it to Miss Indonesia.
Interestingly, Delhi-based Priyadarshini, who originally hails from Guwahati was the first candidate from India’s north-eastern region at the Miss World pageant.
A student of sociology, Priyadarshini was happy to "represent a civilisation as old as time itself, the land of myriad cultures, traditions, languages and religions" at the gala, she had said in her introduction video for the contest.
The girl from Assam joined the league of beauty queen who had the honour of representing India at the prestigious pageant.
Priyanka Chopra, who is now of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood and a renowned name in Hollywood, had bagged the Miss World title in 2000. This was the last time an Indian was crowned Miss World.
The other Indian beauties who had the honour of winning the coveted title are Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai (1994), Diana Hayden (1997) and Yukta Mookhey (1999).
This was the 66th edition of the gala, which put the contestants through a series of challenges and interviews to determine who will win the coveted title of Miss World 2016 and become the ambassador of the motto `Beauty with a purpose`.
The Miss World pageant, created in Britain by Eric Morley in 1951, is the oldest surviving major international beauty contest. It is one of the three most publicised beauty contests in the world, alongside the Miss Universe and Miss Earth contests.
(With IANS inputs)