|Occupation Model, Doctor|
Spouse David Powell (m. 1971)
Name Reita Faria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
|Alma mater Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals
King's College Hospital, London|
Title(s) Miss Bombay 1966 Eve's Weekly Miss India 1966 Miss World 1966
Major competition(s) Miss Bombay 1966 (Winner) Eve's Weekly Miss India 1966 (Winner) Miss World 1966 (Winner)
Education Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals
Video: Rare Footage of Reita Faria Being Crowned Miss World 1966
Reita Faria Powell (born August 23, 1943) born to Goan parents in British Bombay (now Mumbai) is an Indian model, doctor and the winner of the Miss World 1966 pageant, to become the first Asian woman to win the event. She went on to become the first Miss World winner to qualify as a Doctor.
- Video: Rare Footage of Reita Faria Being Crowned Miss World 1966
- 1966 miss world competition won by reita faria
- Personal life
1966 miss world competition won by reita faria
Faria was born in Goa. After winning the Miss Mumbai Crown, she won the Eve's Weekly Miss India contest (not to be confused with the Femina Miss India competition, won that year by Yasmin Daji).
After her one-year tenure as Miss World, she refused modeling and films and instead concentrated on medical studies. Reita Faria was a student at the Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals where she completed her M.B.B.S. degree. Thereafter she went on to study at King's College Hospital, London. She married her mentor David Powell in 1971, and in 1973, the couple shifted to Dublin, where she started her medical practice.
Reita was a judge at Femina Miss India in 1998, and has come back to judge the Miss World competition on a few occasions. For instance she was a judge along with Demis Roussos at the Miss World final of 1976 held in London where Cindy Breakespeare was crowned Miss World.
She now lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband, endocrinologist David Powell, whom she married in 1971. They have two children (Deirdre and Ann Marie) and five grandchildren (Patrick, Cormac, David, Maria & Johnny).