India's First Miss Universe Contestant Sported A Bindi And Gajra In The Swimsuit Round!

Check out some snippets of her fabulous life.

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Year: 1952

At a young age of 22, she was married and was the mother of a child. But that did not deter her will to enter herself in the maiden pageant of Miss Universe. She sashayed down the ramp with confidence, exhibited her Indian pride on an international platform and made all us Indians proud.

Meet Indrani Rahman, the 1st Indian to represent the country at the First Miss Universe pageant.

We bring to you a compilation of pictures of the beauty that deserves to be introduced and bowed to in admiration.

Indrani was crowned Miss India the same year she represented India at Miss Universe.

Not the one to shy away, she donned a swimsuit unabashed in the swim wear round. 

She managed to grab eyeballs with her bindi and gajra. Talk about creating a style statement!

Indrani was also a renowned classical dancer of her times. She started training at the age of 9 and was well-versed in Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Odissi.

She got married to a well-known architect Habib Rahman at the age of 15. They had a son and daughter. Going by the pictures, the couple seemed to be much in love.

Indrani was awarded a Padma Shri in 1969. She also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Tarakdas Nath Award.

She later settled in New York in 1976. Along with her mother, she continued to popularise the Indian classical dances performing all over the world.

In 1961, she was the first dancer 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 also performed for Emperor Haile Selassie, Queen Elizabeth II, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro.

In 1976, she became a faculty member of the dance division at the Juilliard School at New York's Lincoln Centre of the Performing Arts.

She taught in various American universities, including Harvard, and spent her later life in the United States, touring extensively, until her death in Manhattan in 1999.

Information & image source: indiatimes

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