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The inspiring, Sushmita

Many dissuaded her from contesting against the more established super model, Aishwarya Rai, in that years's Miss India. Sush, however, had no patience for all those suggestions. Though a little apprehensive in the beginning, she had her mind made up and showed up at the pageant. The judges couldn't deny her brilliance, and bestowed upon her the title of Miss India.

Birthday Special: Sushmita Sen, 44 years of being beautiful, strong and real

The beauty turns 44 today. Ever since bringing India’s first Miss Universe crown, Sushmita has led by example. Decisions she was too young to make, she make and stayed true to her commitment. She has stayed strong in her most vulnerable moments.

What’s perfect about her life is that her life is spotted with imperfections; and the diva boasts all these imperfections in her own flawless classic way.