Twenty one year old Pooja Chitgopekar lives in New Zealand. She is doing her MBBS from University of Auckland. Earlier, Pooja won Miss India New Zealand 2002. She was the first runner up in Miss India Worldwide 2003 and Miss Auckland 2002. She worked as a ramp model for New Zealand fashion week. She came to participate in Miss India beauty contest because she believes that Femina Miss India would help her express her opinions.