Yukta Mookhey (born 7 October 1977) is an Indian model and actress. She was crowned Miss World in December 1999 at the Olympia theatre in London at the age of 22. She was crowned by her predecessor, Miss World 1998 Linor Abargil, at the Olympia Hall, London. After finishing her reign as Miss World, she handed over her crown to compatriot Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra.
Mookhey’s family is from northern India, but she and her family lived in the Middle East until Mookhey was seven years of age. The Mookhey family migrated back to Mumbai in June 1986. runs a personal and professional grooming consulting firm in Mumbai, while her father was a clothing company director and currently trades in stocks as a hobby. Mookhey studied zoology at V.G. Vaze college prior to winning the Miss World competition. Mookhey has a diploma in computer sciences and has studied Hindustani classical music. Mookhey is an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and engages herself in social and charitable causes.
Yukta and Prince Tulli were engaged on September 7, 2008 at the Grand Maratha in Mumbai. Prince is the son of Bacchitar Singh Tuli and Harinder Kaur Tuli. The marriage, held on November 2, 2008, was a traditional Sikh ceremony in a Nagpur Gurudwara followed by a reception the same evening. They have one son together.[dead link]
In July, 2013, Mookhey lodged a domestic violence complaint against her husband. Police issued a statement; “In her complaint, Ms Mookhey alleged she had often been beaten up and troubled by her husband Prince Tuli. A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered under Section 498A (cruelty and harassment) and Section 377 (unnatural sex) of Indian Penal Code after her complaint.
The 49th Miss World pageant was held on 4 December 1999 at London’s Olympia Hall. The pageant was hosted by Ulrika Jonsson and model Melanie Sykes. The 1999 pageant attracted 94 delegates from all over the world. The 1999 pageant also marked the first time that Scotland and Wales fielded their respective delegates.