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Celebrities who were beauty queens

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From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra. Many celebrities have participated in beauty pageants. Before they became known in their respective careers. We take a look at some of the celebs who were once crowned as beauty queens.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai dropped out of college in the early 90s to pursue a career in modelling. She won the title of Miss World in 1994. Aishwarya made her acting debut with the 1997 Tamil film Iruvar. Her Bollywood debut was also in the same year opposite Bobby Deol in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.

Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen started off by winning the title of Femina Miss India, when she was a teenager. In the year 1994, she made India proud by winning the prestigious Miss Universe title. After her reign as Miss Universe, Sushmita decided to join Bollywood. She made her Bollywood debut in 1996 in the movie Dastak.

Priyanka Chopra

In 2000, Priyanka Chopra was crowned as the most beautiful woman in the world. At the Miss World pageant held at the Millennium Dome, London. An aspiring engineer, Priyanka  decided to be a part of the Indian film industry. She played prominent roles in several Bollywood films. Currently, she is playing the role of Alex Parrish in the ABC drama Quantico (2015– Present)

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza started working as a marketing executive for a media firm while studying in college. Simultaneously she started off modelling for TV and print commercials. Dia won the title of Miss Asia Pacific in the year 2000. After that she made her Bollywood debut in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein opposite R. Madhavan.


Juhi Chawla

Juhi started off her career as a model and was a reckoned face back in the days. She was crowned Miss India in the year 1984. She, however, received much acclaim with the super success of her movie. For Instance: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in the year 1988, opposite Aamir Khan.


Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria was crowned as Miss Corpus Christi, U.S. In 1998 while pursuing Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is an accomplished television actress, producer, director, activist and a businesswoman. Longoria is most recognized for her role in the television series “Desperate Housewives” (2004–2012).


Oprah Winfrey

The billionaire talk show queen was crowned Miss Black Tennessee at the age of 17. Following her title victory. She was hired by a local radio station to do part-time news. Four decade later, Winfrey became one of the most popular faces on American television as the host of her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (1986–2011).


Sophia Loren

Loren participated in Miss Italia contest in 1950. The contest proved to be a stepping stone for her future career in films. Loren went on to become one of the most famous actresses of all time. She also received her first Academy Award in 1962 for her performance in an Italian movie, “La ciociara” (1960).


Lucy Lawless

Lawless won the 1989 Mrs. New Zealand competition at the age of 21. She is also best known for her role. In the internationally successful series “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995–2001).


Katy Perry

Perry won a beauty pageant title when she was a kid. The former beauty queen also was a singer. At the church during her schooldays and pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Today, she is one of the most well-known pop singers in the world. She has also received a Prime time Emmy Award nomination for her 2015 Super Bowl performance.

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