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Wednesday, 15 December, 1999, 14:12 GMT
Bombay homecoming for beauty queen

Fan kissing Yukta Mookhey Yukta Mookhey receives the devotions of her fans


The newly-crowned Miss World, 20-year-old Yukta Mookhey, has returned home to Bombay after her triumph in the beauty pageant earlier this month in London.

Dozens of fans gathered at Bombay airport to greet her as she stepped off her plane to be met by members of her family, and a posse of photographers.

The zoology graduate beat 93 other contestants to take the 60,000 ($100,000) prize.


Yukta Mookhey Beat 93 other contestants
>Later, at her hotel, Ms Mookhey told journalists: "I am feeling very good and proud of myself to be able to bring back the glory to my country."

She said she was looking forward to her stay in India, but did not disclose what her future plans were.

"I'll see, I'll consider various options and how things work out. I need to sit down with the organisers and jot down what my priorities and how my duties are going to be," she said.



"I am feeling very proud to be able to bring back glory to my country"
Yukta Mookhey
Miss India impressed the celebrity judging panel when she said she would like to have been born Hollywood film star Audrey Hepburn, whom she admired for her "inner beauty, compassion and great aura".

She told the judges that her favourite dish was Thai food and that she would love to go to Paris.

Miss Venezuela, Martina Thorogood, 24, was the runner-up, with Miss South Africa, Sonia Raciti, 21, clinching third place.

She was crowned by her predecessor, Linor Abargil, 20, from Israel.

Ms Mookhey is the fourth Indian woman to win the Miss World title.

Rieta Faria won in the 1960s, Aishwarya Rai in 1994 and Diana Hayden in 1997.

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