Sushmita Sen created history 29 years ago by winning the first Miss Universe title for the country. Now, on the anniversary of the big win, Sushmita Sen has shared a lovely throwback image of herself along with a moving note. She shared details of the picture and noted that the image was clicked by the late Prabuddha Dasgupta. In the caption, she wrote, “This picture is exactly 29 years old, shot by the epic man & photographer #prabuddhadasgupta. In the rawness of this picture, he beautifully captured an 18-year-old me with a smile he said, you realise you’re the first Miss Universe I’ve ever shot I proudly added, it’s actually INDIA’s first ever Miss Universe.”
Speaking about the experience, Sushmita Sen said, “The privilege of representing & winning for my Motherland is an honour so profound, it brings me to tears of joy even today…29 years later. I celebrate & remember this day with great pride as History bears witness, INDIA won Miss Universe for the first time ever on 21st May 1994 in Manila #philippines (Mahal Kita ).”
Addressing her fans, Sushmita Sen added, “Thank you all for the love, goodness, and the most beautiful messages…forever cherished. I love you guys!!!! #duggadugga.”
In a recent interview with former actress and author Twinkle Khanna, Sushmita Sen spoke about the winning moment and how the first runner-up’s reaction to the crowning moment taught her grace. Adding that the win came as a “big shock”, she said: “Because winning Miss Universe is making history for my country. One of the things that was ingrained while I left from here was, don’t expect much, so that victory was a different victory all together. And you won’t believe it Venezuela walked away and just Columbia I stood together. That memory of me winning it, and her hands going up in the air like that, as if she had won – that taught me tremendous grace. It showed me generosity of spirit, oh my God, and that someone like me needed the crown to know that grace. She didn’t need it. She had it.”
On the work front, she will be seen in Aarya 3 and Taali.