"I was considered as one of the most beautiful women in the world and was featured among the list of Top 10 most beautiful women in Vogue. I had also successfully contested parliamentary elections in India and had been a Member of the Parliament i.e. Lok Sabha, on three occasions. I had also been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for a feat of mine in politics. A women's school also bears my name."
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Gayatri Devi, the Princess of Cooch Behar, Maharani of Jaipur through her marriage to HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh, and Rajmata of Jaipur after the death of her husband.
Following India's independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, she became an extremely successful politician. She ran for Parliament in 1962 and won the Lok Sabha election securing 192,909 votes out of 246,516 cast, a record at that time and confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. She continued to hold this seat on 1967 and 1971 contesting as a candidate of Swatantra Party, which had been founded by C. Rajagopalachari. Gayatri Devi was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her time. She had been included in 'The Ten Most Beautiful Women of the World' by the Vogue Magazine and had also been listed among the '100 Most Beautiful Women of India' by the Times of India group's portal Indiatimes.com.
She died on 29 July 2009 in Jaipur, at the age of 90 due to complications arising out of paralytic ileus and lung infection.
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