Sushmita Sen is one of the few women from India who have made the country proud with their big beauty pageant. After being crowned Miss India, Sushmita also became the first Indian woman to wear the Miss Universe crown in 1994. Today, we bring you an old video from the page, where Sushmita wore the best dress and proudly present your country to the world. (Also read: Sushmita Sen tells Aishwarya Rai how she withdrew her Miss India form because of her: ‘Bahut khoobsurat hai bhai’)
In the video, Sushmita is seen in a golden dress with a cut out sleeve blouse and a golden dupatta draped over her head. She also wears heavy jewelery and a large bindi. Sushmita also wore a sash that read ‘India’.
As she approached the microphone, she said, “Namaste I am Sushmita Sen from a country where love is the essence of life, India!” Later, Sushmita was crowned Miss Universe as she gave the iconic ‘surprise’ reaction.
Last year, celebrating 27 years of her victory, Sushmita had written in an Instagram post, “Have you looked at the impossible & thanked God for giving you the opportunity to make it possible? I have!! ! To my Motherland INDIA.. Let’s celebrate the 27th anniversary of India’s first win at #MissUniverse in Manila #philippines Early in the morning of 21st May 1994, not only did an 18 year old’s life change forever… she made History!!”
In 2019, Sushmita also revealed the story behind how she almost missed out on the chance to represent India in the tournament. Talking to journalist Rajeev Masand, Sushmita had said that she lost her passport right when she was supposed to leave. The organizers of Miss India suggested that Miss India pageant’s runner-up, actress Aishwarya Rai be sent instead to the Miss Universe pageant. Meanwhile, Sushmita can go for the Miss World pageant, which makes her very angry.
Sushmita then talks to her father about it and says that she will not go for any pageant other than Miss Universe. “I just cried in front of my father and said, ‘Dad, I wouldn’t give anything else. I deserve to go for this. If I can’t go, no one will go for it,” he said. His father got help from Union minister Rajesh Pilot who helped him with the documents.
Of course, Aishwarya also won the Miss World contest where she represented India.