Beauty Queens, Then and Now: How Different Aishwarya, Sushmita, Priyanka Look



We are a nation obsessed with beauty pageant winners – Miss Indias, Miss Universes, Miss Worlds, they are feted, loved and admired. Bollywood has taken into its loving fold several of these winners so let’s a look at five of the most famous former models and their drastic Bollywood makeovers.

Sometimes the changes have been due to age, sometimes due to motherhood, and sometimes rumoured to be of a non-biodegradable nature. But controversial or not, the makeover pictures of these stunning beauties are worth taking a look at.

Sushmita Sen – Miss Universe 1994

The year was 1994 and a certain grey-green eyed top model was touted as the Miss India favourite. But the who’s who of fashiondom were left tongue-tied when little-known 18 year-old Sushmita Sen stole the crown instead and went on to win the Miss Universe pageant as well. Dressed in the best clothes she and her mother could manage on a modest budget, the Bengali beauty was the first Indian woman to win this prestigious pageant.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- Miss World 1994

A mega movie star, known and loved internationally, and universally acknowledged to be the most beautiful woman on earth, Aishwarya Rai’s story is a fairytale. This former Miss World rules hearts and has managed to make waves with very hit and miss in her career and personal life.

Priyanka Chopra – Miss World 2000

Miss World Priyanka Chopra did not look like the Priyanka Chopra, the actress and we’re being extremely politically correct here. A teeny blast from the past of the ‘exotic’ actor:

Actor and now singer, this gorgeous small town actress has made it big both nationally and internationally. We’re proud PC, we truly are.


An anchor with CNBC TV18 for almost 4 years. Also co-anchors prime-time market shows like Power Breakfast, Traders only, Markets Mid-day and NSE Closing Bell.