-:Sushmita Sen :-Sushmita Sen (born 19 November 1975) is an Indian film actress, model and beauty pageant title holder. Sen was crowned Miss Universe 1994 by outgoing title holder Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico at the 43rd edition of the Miss Universe Pageant on May 20, 1994. Sen was the first Indian to win the crown.
After completing her reign, she went on to pursue an acting career in Bollywood movies. Sushmita started her career with Dastak, a movie rumored to have been based on her life.Sushmita rose to stardom in Tamil blockbuster Ratchagan; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in Sirf Tum (1999) and the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999). The latter earned her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Sen has also acted in commercially successful films such as Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004) - her biggest commercial success so far - and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005). Sushmita received critical acclaim for her female-oriented roles in films such as Filhaal... (2002), Samay: When Time Strikes (2003), Chingaari (2005), Zindaggi Rocks (2006), Aag (2007) and others.
-:Early life :-Sushmita Sen was born into a Bengali family in Hyderabad. Her parents are Shuber Sen, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander, and Subhra Sen, a jewelry designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. Sen has two siblings, a sister named Neelam, who is married to Nauman Malik, and a brother named Rajeev.
Sushmita has attended Air Force Golden Jubilee Institutein New Delhi and St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad, but did not pursue higher education.
At Miss Universe,she ranked third overall in the preliminaries, right behind preliminary winner Miss Colombia Carolina Gómez, and Miss Greece Rea Totounzi, who ranked second but won the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions. she went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, interview, and evening gown semi-final competitions respectively, placing third place behind Miss Colombia Carolina Gomez and Miss Venezuela Minorka Mercado. All three women went on to be the final three contestants.They had one common question; i.e., "What is the essence of being a woman"? Sen answered "Being a woman by itself is a gift of God which all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is a mother and is a woman and the woman is the one who shares and shows a man what love, caring, and sharing is all about. That's the essence of a woman."<re>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oEnQAAOl88</ref> In the end, the judges placed their votes on she , making her the first woman from India to become Miss Universe. Sushmita owns the rights to send delegates from India to the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 onwards through her project I Am She – Miss Universe India.