Last month, the Miss Universe beauty pageant announced that it will expand the selection process for the pageant by allowing mothers and married women to enter the pageant. Now Miss Universe 2000, Lara Dutta has reacted to the news and called it a ‘shocking decision’. Also Read: Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta Congratulations Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu: You waited 21 years for this
Miss Universe pageant rules have always required that winners be single and maintain their status as such throughout their reign after winning the title. But now the marital status or the status of a participating parent will not be the criteria for eligibility for pageant candidates starting in 2023.
In an interview with ETimes, Lara Dutta said, “It is a wonderful step in the right direction. Now we talk about inclusion and this conversation has been happening around the world for years now. You know that everything is evolving and so is the concept of beauty. There have also been pages over the years.”
She added, “I think it’s fantastic that they’re allowing mothers and married women to come in. There are some incredible women out there who feel like they don’t have the opportunity to participate because they’re not invited and also this will help some really incredible women to come forward. Women who need to be celebrated and women who need to be empowered. I think it’s a good step.”
Lara rose to fame after winning the Miss Universe title in 2000. It was the second time in the history of an Indian beauty pageant to win the title, the first being Sushmita Sen in 1994. Later Lara made her Bollywood debut with Andaaz, alongside Priyanka Chopra , who was crowned Miss World in 2000 as well. The film stars Akshay Kumar in the lead.
Lara later appeared in films like Bhagam Bhag, Kaal, Partner, Chalo Dilli and the Don series. She made her comeback with the Disney+ web series Hotstar in the Century in 2020. She was later seen in Hiccups And Hookups, which also starred Prateik Babbar and Shinnova. His last project was Kaun Banegi Shikharwati, which released on Disney + Hotstar in January.
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