Style Icon: Sushmita Sen

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When you hear the words, Miss Universe, what do you think of? Do you envision a stately judge asking an enthusiastic, nervous young woman, “How do you plan to change the world?” Do you picture of the awe-inspiring Miss Universe crown, bejeweled by hundreds of diamonds and precious pearls?

Keep reading to learn what Sushmita Sen has to do with the Miss Universe Pageant…

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The very first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach, California in 1952. In 1977, twenty-five years after the pageant’s inception, the first woman of color, Janelle Commissiong, was crowned Miss Universe. Forty-two years after the pageant began, in 1994, Sushmita Sen became the first Indian woman to win the competition.

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Sushmita Sen, or simply “Sush,” is not your typical beauty queen-turned-actress. As the daughter of a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander and a fashion and jewelry designer, Sushmita was bound to possess sophisticated style. After studying at the Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute in Delhi Cantonment, the Hyderbad, India-born starlet made her debut in 1994 as a fresh faced model and aspiring beauty queen with a penchant for writing poetry. Not only was Sush the first Indian woman to be crowned Miss Universe – she was also the second youngest woman to earn that title, at the tender age of eighteen!

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During the 1994 Miss Universe competition, Sush placed second in the swimsuit competition, fifth in the interview competition, and third in the evening gown competition. As a final contestant, odds were stacked against Sush’ victory. However, her dazzling smile, bubbly personality, inspiring intelligence, and overwhelming personable nature won the judges’ votes!

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At one point in the competition, Sushmita was asked what she would do if she had the time and money to embark on a great adventure. Sush expressed her desire to “do something for the children.” Today, Sushmita is a loving single mother of two adopted daughters, Renee and Alisah.

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In addition to raising two children, Sush is a prominent Bollywood actress. She won a Filmfare Award in 2000 for her leading role in Biwi No. 1. She’s also the proud recipient of a Star Screen Award, an IIFA Award, and a Zee Cine Award. Sush’s polished panache stems from her effortless confidence. Whether she’s wearing a traditional sari, or donning an edgy ensemble of all-black, Sushmita Sen never fails to inspire millions with her savvy style, hardworking attitude, and loving personality.

7 Responses to Style Icon: Sushmita Sen

  1. kristar 03/04/2010 at 3:20 pm #

    hey! i know her!!! she’s a bollywood actress! she was in main hoon na with shah rukh khan!

  2. Dee 03/04/2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Inspiring!

    (kristar: I love Main Hoon Na!)

  3. M 03/05/2010 at 2:00 am #

    She’s not my fav BW actress but she’s always gorgeous and poised. And I’m a fan of MHN too (I think, besides Biwi No. 1, that’s her most well-known movie).

    Here’s a song with her from MHN – Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtDap9LmY00

  4. Katie 03/05/2010 at 7:48 am #

    Wow, what an amazing woman! A single mother with such talent is a fantastic role model, in my opinion. She does it all, and she does it well!

  5. Natasha (ModCloth) 03/05/2010 at 11:17 am #

    woah! How did I miss this post. This is why I love ModCloth. 🙂

  6. Nistha 03/05/2010 at 2:49 pm #

    As an Indian, I’m so proud that she is featured on here!

  7. prarth 05/18/2010 at 12:27 pm #

    she is my style icon, and the role model also.

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