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India: Miss India Beauty Pageant 2001

Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India 2000
  
Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India 2000
  
Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India 2000
     
  
A contestant for the Miss India Pageant perfects her makeup moments before a pre-judging session of the pageant in the backstage dressing room of the Hotel Regent in Bombay, India Saturday, January 27, 2001.  All thirty contestants have spent the last two weeks confined to the Hotel Regent undergoing rigorous training sessions and preparations under the watchful eye of monitors and counselors to get ready for the final pageant Janury 27, 2001.
  
Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India.  2000
  
A contestant for the Miss India Pageant studies a book of famous quotations and sayings on her way from the Hotel Regent to the Bombay Exhibition GroundsWednesday, January 24, 2001.  All thirty contestants have spent the last two weeks at the Hotel Regent and at the Exhibition Grounds undergoing rigorous training sessions of rehearsals, counseling on articulation, and diet in preparation for the final pageant Janaury 27, 2001.  Many of the girls have taken to learning almost entire books of quotations in order to help them prepare for the question and answer session of the contest.
     
  
Contestants for the Miss India Pageant take a rest from contest rehearsals at the Bombay Exhibition Grounds in Bombay, India Tuesday, January 23, 2001.  All thirty contestants have spent the last two weeks at the Hotel Regent and at the Exhibition Grounds undergoing rigorous training sessions and preparations under the watchful eye of monitors and counselors to get ready for the final pageant Janury 27, 2001.
  
Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India.  2000
  
Contestants in the Miss India beauty pageant console themselves by eating the backstage dressing room after being cut from one of the final rounds in the contest at the Bombay Exhibition Grounds in India Saturday, January 27, 2001.  All thirty contestants have spent months virtually starving themselves in preparation for the contest and undergoing rigorous training sessions under the watchful eye of monitors and counselors, and upon their disqualification from hte final contest, many of the girls indulged in chocolates and chips--previously forbidden foods.
     
  
Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India 2000
  
Contestants in the Miss India pageant walk to the stage for the opening act of the contest at the Bombay Exhibition Grounds during the Miss India Beauty Pageant final Saturday, January 27, 2001 in Bombay, India.  Thirty contestants have been training and preparing steadily for the past few months in hopes of being one of three winners in the final: Miss Universe, Miss Asia Pacific, or MIss World.
  
Miss India Beauty Pageant. Bombay, India.  2000