is an Indian model, actress and former beauty queen.
Nikita was born to a Punjabi
family in Jalandhar
. Her father is Brigadier S.S. Anand, a doctor in the Indian Army; his frequent transfers led to Nikita studying in different schools (St. Mary's Pune
; Bishop Cottons, Ranchi
; Cathedral and John Connon, Mumbai
; and NIFT, Delhi
Anand began participating in beauty pageants at an early stage, and was even crowned as Miss Ranchi at the age of 13. She even went on a dietary regime when she was in class 10.
While being a 2nd year student of NIFT Delhi, she won Femina Miss India
contest in 2003. Her final question in the contest was whether she thinks that forgiveness is better said then done; to which she answered "To err is human, to forgive divine, and we have to forgive and move on to make life better." She was crowned by preceding winner Neha Dhupia
, and given the chance to represent India at the Miss Universe
pageant in Panama City
. However, she failed to place breaking India's 11 year streak of placing in the Top 10 from 1992 to 2002.
At the Miss Universe contest, her national costume and ethnic dresses were designed by Ritu Kumar
, while Ashley Rebello
put together her evening... Read More