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Monday, March 28, 2005 2:56PM IST (9:26AM GMT)
Pond's Femina Miss India 2005 Winners are: Pond's Femina Miss India - Universe 2005 Amrita Thappar, Pond's Femina Miss India - World 2005 Sindhura Gadde, Pond's Femina Miss India - Earth 2005 Niharika Singh
A New Beginning for the Young Ladies who are…“As Beautiful as They Want to Be!”
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Mumbai city on 27th March 2005 witnessed the grand finale of the most awaited and prestigious beauty pageant of the year - 'Pond's Femina Miss India 2005'. Amidst deafening applause, Amrita Thappar, Sindhura Gadde & Niharika Singh were crowned Pond's Femina Miss India -Universe 2005, Pond's Femina Miss India - World 2005 and Pond's Femina Miss India -Earth 2005 respectively. The trio dazzled in exquisite sarees by designer Nisha Sagar as they met the press for the first time at the ITC Grand Central Sheraton & Towers, Parel.

Coming from eclectic & varied backgrounds the girls handled media queries with aplomb. Pond's Femina Miss India -Universe 2005 - Amrita is a Puneite with a post-graduate diploma in fashion designing. A study in contrast, her interests lie in sketching and experimenting with mediums like charcoal and pastels as well as Taebo, kickboxing and adventure sports like mountaineering and rappelling.

Pond's Femina Miss India - World 2005 - Sindhura is currently based in New Zealand. Originally from Vijaywada - Andhra Pradesh, Sindhura holds a double degree in Pharmacology and Physiology as well as a diploma in modeling. A winter sports enthusiast she loves ice-skating and snowboarding. She has been a show anchor and newsreader in New Zealand and has also ramp-walked at the Australian and New Zealand Fashion Weeks.

Pond's Femina Miss India - Earth 2005 - Niharika is a known face on TV with many advertisements & music videos under her belt. An avid reader, Ayn Rand is her inspiration. Confident and beautiful, Niharika strives to be a winner in every aspect of life.

The much awaited event was kicked off with the Pond's Femina Miss India 2005 beauty anthem - 'Roop ki Dhoop' created as a musical ode to beauty by Pond's. Dancer Geeta Kapur put up a blissful performance to the song, which also marked the entry of the 23 finalists. The contestants dazzled in spectacular creations by designers Gavin Miguel, Suneet Varma and Ritu Kumar. Mona Singh aka Jassi in her gorgeous new look and Samir Soni were the perfect hosts for the evening with Indian Idol winner - Abhijeet Sawant and the finalists Amit Sana, Rahul Vaidya and Prajakta Shukre. The pageant saw scintillating performances from 'Bombay Rockers', Yana Gupta, Hrishita Bhatt & the heartthrob of millions, Shahid Kapoor.

The three beauty ambassadors will now go on to represent their country in international pageants. Helping them meet their aspirations will be a select list of experts recognized for their work and contributions in their respective fields. The entire country will now look forward to the Pond's Femina Miss India 2005 winners bringing home the international crowns!

The Pond's Femina Miss India 2005 contestants went through vigorous residential training sessions at the ITC Grand Central Sheraton & Towers, Parel. Preparing these 23 young women to meet their aspirations were a list of experts recognised for their work and contributions in their respective fields.

The Pond's Femina Miss India 2005 team would like to thank the expert panel: Dr. Malvika Kohli - Skin Consultant, Israar Qureshi - Photographer, Kumar - Make up, Mickey Mehta - Holistic health and spiritual transformation expert and official nutritionist, Dr. Apoorva Shah - Hair Expert, Sandip Soparrkar - Dance, Sabira Merchant - Diction expert, Anu Ahuja - Choreographer, Ruksana Eisa - Grooming and Etiquette expert, Dr. Sandesh Mayekar - Cosmetic and aesthetic dentist and smile design expert, Erica D'souza - Voice Imaging expert.

The Pond's Femina Miss India 2005 team would also like to thank Happydent, Richfeel, Citywalk, Vie Lounge, RIM, Velociti Car Rentals, McDowells and Bright for making this pageant a huge success.


Richfeel Miss Beautiful Hair -- Niharika Singh
SGI Miss Photogenic -- Niharika Singh
Kiah Miss Sparkling Eyes -- Pooja Arora
Pond's Miss Perfect Ten -- Shivani Sabikhi
Miss Mirchi Listeners Choice -- Shivani Sabikhi
Pond's Miss Beautiful Skin -- Sindhura Gadde
Miss Provogue 8888 -- Sonal Chauhan
Happydent Miss Beautiful Smile -- Vaishali Desai
Sony My Miss India -- Kaveri Jha
Pond's Miss Talented -- Suchitra Verma
Pond's Googly Woogly Miss Congeniality -- Suchitra Verma

Notes to the editor:

About Pond's
Pond's has two product ranges, which fall in the area of advanced skin creams and talcum powders. The Skincare range comprises of Moisturizing Cold Cream, launched in India in the year 1947, Ponds body Lotions and the summer range which includes All Day Oil Control Cream and Daily Face Wash. Talcum powders have three variants of Pond's Dreamflower talc, Pond's Magic and Ponds Sandal. Since 1956, Pond's Talcum Powder has been a trusted beauty product for Indian women.
Pond's is a leading global brand with its presence is USA, Mexico, Japan, China Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Spain, Colombo, Malaysia, Australia, Korea etc.

About Kiah

Kiah - an Australian aboriginal term, which means 'from a beautiful place' - was launched first in Mumbai in October 2004. Kiah endorses the desire of women to celebrate themselves and provides a range of diamond jewellery to help them concretize their self worth. Kiah celebrates life and the essence of feminity. KIAH destinations are a world created to celebrate womanhood; where you do not have to wait for birthdays, anniversaries, engagements or weddings to feel cherished and adored. KIAH world is the world where: You are the Occasion Today Kiah is available through five exclusive showrooms in Mumbai (Lokhandwala & Khar), Ahmedabad, Surat & Chennai and 96 shop-in-shops at various leading stores across the country. By the end of 2005 Kiah will have 15 exclusive outlets and 150 shop-in-shops

About Swarup Group of Industries (SGI)

An art connoisseur to the core, Mr. Srivastava will take this opportunity to bring art closer to the common man. By selling Serigraphy prints of the original OPCE series paintings at affordable prices, Mr. Srivastava hopes to fulfill his endeavour of art with a cause. The OPCE series symbolizes the existing grim global environmental conditions, showcasing the slow ecological degradation and abuse of our Mother Earth, which affects the living conditions of millions across the world...

About 360 Degrees Entertainment

360 Degrees Entertainment is the event management division of Times Infotainment Media Ltd. Present across the country with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkatta, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chandigarh, it has a team of highly experienced professionals from across the industry. The company offers below the line solutions and organizes events such Product launches, Conferences, Exhibitions, Promotions and many more. 360 Degrees Entertainment has organized some of the biggest events in the country such as Filmfare, Pond's Femina Miss India and International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Its client list includes brands like Xerox, Rado, State Bank of India, Hutch, Sony Entertainment Television, Wockhardt, Voltas and in house events for BCCL.

Targeted Brand Building, great entertainment.... Creating experiences that build brands!

About ITC Grand Central Sheraton & Towers

ITC Grand Central Sheraton & Towers is the first and finest luxury hotel for the discerning business traveler in Central Mumbai. This newest landmark of ITC represents a 'symbol of change' as it ushers a new era in Parel, the fastest growing business district of the city.

Reflecting the rich heritage of the colonial past, ITC Grand Central has 242 tastefully appointed guest rooms, a well equipped 24 hour business centre and an exclusive 'Wellness Centre' complimented with an experience of warm Indian hospitality. Furthermore, ITC's latest brand of Indian restaurant, WG's Kebabs & Kurries, showcasing delicious heritage cuisine, fine-tuned through years of research by the celebrated chefs of Welcomgroup is located here. Multiple dining options are available with the presence of Hornby's Pavilion, Frederick's Lounge, Shanghai Club, Dublin and the premium rooftop lounge called 'Point of View'.

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