Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: The first-ever lady in India who won Miss Universe Crown at the age of 18

Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: Sushmita Sen is the first lady of India who won Miss Universe Crown 1994 at the very young age of 19. Her journey from winning Miss Universe to becoming a Bollywood actress is worth looking at.

By Bandana Singh, Updated : Nov 19, 2020 09:43 IST
Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: The first-ever lady in India who won Miss Universe Crown at the age of 18
Sushmia Sen crowned as Miss Universe 1994

The beauty queen Sushmita Sen has created history by becoming the first Indian lady who won the title of Miss Universe 1994. She was just an ordinary girl from New Delhi, India who participated in Miss India and earned a spot at Miss Universe who later win the title of Miss Universe. 

Sushmita Sen turns 45 years old today on November 19, 2020. Her story of holding this big title is nothing but a fairytale which she earned on her own. On the occasion of her birthday, let's have a loot at her journey on becoming the Miss Universe 1994. 

Miss Universe 1994: Sushmita Sen
Miss Universe 1994: Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen Participated in the beauty pageant of Femina Miss India 1994 where it was a tie between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her. But somehow Sushmita managed to defeat Aishwarya Rai by a tie-breaking answer and won the title of Miss India 1994. Sushmita Sen once in a show revealed that the gown she wore at the Miss Universe finals round was made by the cloth fabric of Sarojini Nagar.

Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen as Miss Universe in 1994

The actress's story shows that no dream is too big to achieve if you have the will to do it. She was just a common girl who saw dreams and had the courage to achieve them. Sushmita Sen became the 43rd Miss Universe at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay, Philippines. The same year in 1994, Aishwarya Rai also won the title of Miss World 1994.

Unseen photos of Sushmita Sen from Miss World 1994
Unseen photos of Sushmita Sen from Miss World 1994

There is a tragic story of losing her passport at the beauty pageant of Miss Universe, she shared with journalist Rajeev Masand. “It was given to Anupama Verma, then a very famous model and she was also a co-ordinator for events. She had my passport for a show in Bangladesh."

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"She needed it for some ID proofing. So I very confidently told Miss India, ‘Don’t worry my passport is very safely with Anupama Verma’. She couldn’t find it. So she did take responsibility for it and she said ‘I don’t know what I have done’ but the timing of it was scary," she further added.