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Tale of two of India's most beautiful women


First published: July 30, 2009, 3:38 PM IST | Updated: July 30, 2009
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Tale of two of India's most beautiful women
Leela, Gayatri Devi featured in Vogue's 10 most beautiful women in the 60s.

New Delhi: Their beauty and charisma was recognised by fashion bible Vogue and both Jaipur royal Rajmata Gayatri Devi and actress Leela Naidu had quite busy careers before leading lives of recluse until their death.

Gayatri and Leela together featured in UK Vogue's list of 'World's Ten Most Beautiful Women' in the 60s.

It was a great encouragement for the style divas as there were very few Indians in the fashion and glamour industry which was dominated by Europeans and Americans.

Vogue launched its India edition in 2007 with Bollywood stars Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta, supermodels Monikangana Dutta and Laxmi Menon, and Australian supermodel Gemma Ward on the cover.

A number of Bollywood actors and models have appeared in the desi version of the magazine which has been solely created for the Indian woman.

Leela, 69, died in Mumbai on Tuesday after a bout of influenza while 90-year-old Gyatri passed away on Wednesday following a prolonged illness.

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