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The Jewish Beauty Queens of India

Despite their small number, Jewish women are among the most beautiful in India.
The first Miss India, picked in 1947, Esther Victoria Abraham (1916-2006).

The first Miss India, picked in 1947, Esther Victoria Abraham (1916-2006).
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By Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi

Given the fact that Jewish beauty has been celebrated in history, it does not come as a surprise that in spite of the numerical insignificance of Jews among India’s huge population, five thousand out of the total Indian population of 1.3 billion, Jewish women went on to represent the country internationally at a number of beauty pageants. In fact, they were the first to do so, as the very first Miss India was Jewish.

The first Miss India pageant in 1947 was organized by Femina, a Times of India publication, and the beauty who was crowned as Miss India was a Baghdadi Jewess, Esther Victoria Abraham (1916-2006), who later became popular as a successful film actress with the pseudonym Pramila.

Two decades later, on March 12, 1967, her daughter Naqi Jahan, who was chosen Miss India in the pageant organized by the popular magazine Eve’s Weekly that year, became the first to represent India at the Queen of the Pacific Quest beauty pageant held in Melbourne, Australia. Although Naqi Jahan is considered Jewish because of her Jewish mother, she was raised as a Muslim, as her mother Esther had married the popular film actor of those times, Kumar ne Syed Hasan Ali, a Muslim.  Today their son, Haider Ali, is a successful character actor in Bollywood.

The honor of being the first Indian to participate in the Miss World pageant went to Fleur Ezekiel, a member of the Bene Israel community, the largest of the three Jewish communities in India. She represented India in the Miss World pageant of 1959.

Salome Aaron

Salome Aaron

The mother of the Roy Kapur brothers, Siddharth, Kunal and Aditya, who are making waves in Bollywood today, was Miss India 1972, Salome Aaron. Salome Aaron, a ballroom dancer, later went on to make a career for herself as a film choreographer in Bollywood. Of the three sons she had with her Hindu husband, the eldest, Siddharth, has found great success as the Managing Director of a film company, which is the joint venture of Disney and UTV in India, while the younger two, Kunal and Aditya, have become successful actors. It is interesting to note that Salome’s youngest son, Aditya Roy Kapur, is the second male lead in the only Indian film to be released simultaneously in India and Israel, Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani.

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4 Responses to “The Jewish Beauty Queens of India”

  1. Renee Brewer says:

    Beautiful Jewish Beauty Queen of India.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Too bad these beautiful Jewish women didn't marry Jewish men and raise their children Jewish. That's infinitely more important than any beauty titles they may have earned.

  3. Midhun DB says:

    I will request more Jewish people shouls come and settle in India.

  4. Midhun DB says:

    I will request more Jewish people shouls come and settle in India.

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