Reita Faria is the first Miss World of India who is also a doctor, model, and a beauty queen. In fact, she was the first Asian woman to be the Miss World as well, after she became Miss World in the year 1966.


Reita Faria Powell was born to Goan parents in Mumbai on 23rd August 1943. She started as a model and went on to win the Miss Mumbai crown and Eve’s Weekly Miss India contest all in the year 1966 before becoming the Miss World in the same year. However, after spending one year as a Miss World, she left the tinsel or rather the glam world unlike any of the other counterparts and focused on her medical studies.

Reita Faria became the student of Grant Medical College and Sir J.J.Group of Hospitals. She even achieved her M.B.B.S degree on completion of her medical studies from here after which, she joined King’s Cross Hospital, London for further studies. Hereafter, in the year 1971, she tied the knot with her mentor, David Powell and the two of them migrated to Dublin in the year 1973 where Reita Faria began her medical practice.

Although medical profession was her main area of work throughout her life, she came back to India to judge Femina Miss India, 1998 along with various other beauty competitions and Miss World competitions as well. Some of these include the Miss World final of 1976 where she judged along with Demis Roussos, and Cindy Breaks here was the winner of the Miss World crown. However, she is mainly famous for being the first ever Asian woman to win the Miss World who was later followed by many women from India and other countries too who won the Miss World titles.


Date of Birth – 23rd August 1943.

Place of birth – Nova Goa, Portuguese India.

Alma Mater – Grant Medical College, Sir J.J.Group of Hospitals and King’s College Hospital, London

Beauty Pageant Titles – Miss Bombay (presently Mumbai) Crown, 1966, Eve’s Weekly Miss India Crown, 1966 and Miss World 1966 Crown.

Profession – Model and Endocrinologist, runs her medical practice in Dublin. She is also a judge for beauty pageants.

Husband – Dr. David Powell, who was also her mentor in King’s College Hospital.


She is happily married to David Powell, and the couple has got two children, Deidre and Ann Marie. They are also having five grandchildren, namely, Patrick, Cormac, David, Maria, and Johnny. She is permanently settled in Dublin with her medical practice as an Endocrinologist and keeps doing judgment for various beauty pageants, and competitions held all over the world whenever possible. She was the first Indian lady to make the whole world turn their eyes towards the Asian countries in the genre of Miss World competition.

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