Yukta Mookhey, the 5 feet 11 inches tall Miss World 1999, belongs to a middle class family in Mumbai. The twenty year old lady won the title from among 94 talented contestants in a keenly competitive pageant.
Born in 1979 to parents Inder Lal and Aruna, Yukta's earlier education was in the Gulf because her father's work took the family there. Later they settled in Mumbai and she graduated in Zoology from Kelkar College, Mumbai. Talented Yukta won a number of essay and public speaking competitions and wanted to pursue a career in mass communications and computer graphics.
Interested in modelling she did a few ramp shows for Avon cosmetics, L'oreal and the likes. It was her mother Aruna who runs a grooming workshop at Santa Cruz, who encouraged her to enter the Femina Miss India contest.
Yukta firmly believes that it is not just beauty but intelligence that made her what she is today and that anybody can achieve whatever he/she really sets their mind on. This straight forward, serene girl thinks inner beauty is what matters most. She won $ 100,000 and a year of travel
On the personal front, Yukta has a passion for music and has studied Hindustani classical music for three years. She likes to go out with friends for a movie or check out on good food in the latest eating joints in town. Two years after she won the title, Yukta had a bad start in Bollywood with 'Pyaasa' (2002) opposite Actor Aftab Shivdasani which turned out to be a flop. After that she acted in the movie 'Memsaheb' which is not yet released.
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