Sushmita Sen is the epitome of beauty and grace. She is a woman of today who goes chasing after her dreams without any reluctance. She was crowned Miss Universe in 1994, the first Indian to do so. Even though her Bollywood career didn’t take off as expected, Miss Sen has achieved admiration from her toughest critics for her unprecedented life choices and an unapologetic spirit.

Here’s a look at some of the reasons why Sushmita is a force to be reckoned with!

She had studied in a Hindi medium school and struggled to speak fluent English. But you would never be able to tell that from the pageant as she began learning and gaining confidence in the English speaking skills from the age of 16.

At the tender age of 19, she entered and won the Miss India contest. In 1994, when everyone was in awe of Aishwarya Rai’s beauty and innocence, Miss Sen competed against her and impressed the judges with her confidence and brains. In fact, the black outfit worn by Miss Sen during the Femina pageant was created by a small time Meena Bazaar tailor. Could you tell?

Her perfect poise and winning smile helped her conquer the Universe when she won against beauties from the world over. Consequently, she became the first ever Indian woman to win that title of Miss Universe in 1994.

She was spotted with a huge diamond rock some time ago. While rumor mills worked overtime to find the man who gifted her that ring. Sushmita surprised everyone by admitting that she gifted that ring to herself as a way of appreciating and empowering herself. Who needs a guy, when you can buy your own diamonds?

Sushmita has always lived an unprecedented life. Just like a true queen, she kept her word and adopted a young child, when she was only 25, and became a single mom. 10 years later she became mom to another adopted girl. Both the daughters (Renee and Alisah) and their mom seem to be enjoying life to the fullest these days.



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