India’s beauty prides Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won their respective beauty pageants in the same year, i.e in 1994. Well, Aishwarya Rai was already a popular name at that time, due to her fame in her modelling career but Sushmita wasn’t as popular as her. Both the models took part in Miss India 1994 beauty contest. And Sushmita eventually beat Aishwarya and won the great title. But to everyone’s amazement, Sushmita wasn’t confident enough to compete with Aish!
During Sushmita’s appearance on late Farooq Sheikh’s show ‘Jeena Isi ka Naam Hai’, she admitted that while she was submitting the form for the contest, she was told that Aishwarya is participating too in the same Miss India contest. And almost 25 contestants withdrew their names because of her. Sushmita got underconfident and withdrew her application. It was later when Sushmita’s mother convinced her to take part, she got back in the competition.
While talking about the incident further, Sushmita said, “Aish knows about this, I told Aish about this later that I withdrew my participation form. I was like, ‘She’s so beautiful and the world knows it. I don’t want to go with her.’ I returned home and was scolded at home by my mother. ‘What is this, you lost hope without even trying? So what, let her win. If you think she’s the world’s most beautiful woman, then lose against her. What’s the point of losing to someone else? Go give it your best shot,'” Sushmita added.
That year in 1994, Sushmita won the Miss Universe Title, while Aishwarya took home the Miss World title with her. After almost three decades of that historic win, both the beauty queens are successful actresses in Bollywood.