Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Actress Sushmita Sen is one of the most popular Bollywood divas who never fails to surprise with her beauty apart from her stellar onscreen performance. It won’t be wrong to state that ‘Sush is ageing like fine wine’ and her recent look is the testimony. 

However, before earning fame as an actress, she scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win the Miss Universe crown. She won the title exactly 29 years back on May 21. Sush, reminiscing the extremely proud moment, dropped a throwback picture to celebrate 29 years of winning Miss Universe. 

Her caption for the post read: This picture is exactly 29 years old, shot by the epic man & photographer #prabuddhadasgupta

Further, her note read: 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. 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) #happy29thanniversary #missuniverse1994 #INDIA #yourstruly Thank you all for the love, goodness, & the most beautiful messages…forever cherished!!! I love you guys!!!!: Her post read.

Meanwhile, fans have flooded the comment box with best wishes for Sush and her historic achievement.

Truth behind Sushmita’s winning gown at Miss Universe

Fans are well aware that Sushmita hailed from a middle-class family and she couldn’t afford designer costumes for the beauty pageant.

Revealing the truth behind her winning gown, Sush during a conversation with late actor Farooq Shaikh on NDTV’s Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai said, "Itne paise nahi the ki hum designer kapde pehen ke stage par jaye. Char costumes chahiye the. Hum middle class ke log hai aur humko humari restrictions maloom thi (We didn't have enough money to afford designer outfits. We needed four costumes. We were middle-class people and we knew our limts)."

Reacting to this, her mother said that they (judges) are not going to look at the clothes, rather, they are going to look at her (Sushmita).

Sush added, “So we bought a piece of fabric from Sarojini Nagar market. Downstairs, in the garage, there was a local tailor who made petticoats. We gave him the material and said, 'This will come on TV, make a good dress.' He made my winning gown out of that fabric and my mother made a rose out of the remaining fabric. We bought brand new black socks, cut them and put elastic in it and then I wore them as gloves."