India’s entry to Miss Universe 2015, Urvashi Rautela, was considered a top contender with numerous pageant followers listing her to be their favorite while almost all of them included her in their top 10 prediction list. But like Miss India Universe 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi, Urvashi failed to make it thought first cut.
Apart from being a very popular participant this year, Urvashi Rautela is successful actress in her country and on top of it she has been chosen to represent India at Miss Universe contest twice, something no other Miss India has ever had an opportunity of. Moreover, she has been trained by none other than India’s two very own Miss Universe winners Lara Dutta and Sushmita Sen along with Miss world 1997 Diana Hayden. But the question remains is why Urvashi failed to make it to top 15?
One theory is that pageant organizers purposely exclude very strong contenders from making a first cut because their inclusion would steal all the light from other selected contestants, paving their way straight to the crown. As so happened in 2013 Miss World when Filipino contestant Megan Young was considered a favorite of media and pageant lovers alike and after her inclusion in the top 15, her way to the crown was just a piece of cake. Hence, like Miss Venezuela 2010, Urvashi was also intentionally not included in top 15 list. Had she have made a cut to top 15, she would have gone straight to claim the crown easily.
Another theory, as pointed out by Indian designer whose dresses Miss India winners have worn at numerous beauty pageants, is that the taste of judges might have changed over the years. While in 1990s they might have taken a liking for dusky South Asian beauties but now they are looking more into Latinos.
However, question remains the same. This year the exclusion of Miss India in the top list of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth is a matter of worry and attention. India needs to pull their game up. They need to prepare contestants whose walk like Madhu Sapre, answers from heart like Sushmita Sen and mesmerizing smile like Ashwariya Rai can light the hall or in short What India needs in another Lara Dutta.