[Throwback] When organisers needed to ship Aishwarya Rai as a substitute of Sushmita Sen for Miss Universe pageant

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Sushmita nearly misplaced out on Miss Universe to Aishwarya&  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspInstagram

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Key Highlights

  • Sushmita Sen was topped Miss Universe on May 21, 1994
  • In a throwback interview, Sushmita had revealed how the organisers needed to ship Aishwarya Rai to the pageant as a substitute of her
  • The actress had additionally shared how she had lastly managed to go for the pageant

The yr was 1994 when Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai went on to win Miss Universe and Miss World respectively. In the identical yr, each Sushmita and Aishwarya had participated in Miss India pageant and Sushmita had defeated Aishwarya. Post which, Sushmita was to take part in Miss Universe pageant and Aishwarya in Miss World as per guidelines. But do you know, the organisers needed to ship Aishwarya as a substitute of Sushmita to the Miss Universe pageant?

In a throwback interview, Sushmita had talked about her expertise on the identical. While interacting with Rajeev Masand, Sushmita revealed how she had misplaced her passport earlier than leaving for the pageant. She had knowledgeable the organisers that her passport was with Anupama Verma, who was organising an occasion in Bangladesh and wanted Sushmita’s passport for ID verification. But, Anupama had misplaced it simply earlier than the actress was about to go away for Miss Universe pageant.

Anupama took full duty for a similar however nothing might have been completed. Even Sushmita’s father could not assist as he did not have any contact with the eminent folks. But what occurred later made Sushmita indignant. Though the actress had knowledgeable that the organisers about it, they needed to ship Aishwarya for the pageant. 

“Because when you win something, rightfully so, you’re not requesting it. So we now have to come together and ensure that this gets done. It’s easy to say ‘Yeah, well now we can’t find it. The passport is lost. Miss World is in November. You go later, we’ll figure out your passport till then’,” Sushmita had stated.


She had cried in entrance of her father and stated that she wouldn’t go for anything as she rightfully deserved to go for Miss Universe pageant.

The situation was lastly resolved when her father contacted the late Union Minister Rajesh Pilot and he supplied assist. And, the result is in entrance of us.   

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