Cosmopolitan India carried this interesting trivia about the times we did give a fuck about Miss India pageants, the time Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai were chosen to represent India at Miss Universe and Miss World respectively. Aishwarya was already a model and she was pegged to win the title, but Sushmita managed to edge her out because of this one anwer, here’s what it was all about –
Aishwarya was asked the question “If you have to look for qualities in a husband, would you look for the qualities in Ridge Forrester from Bold & Beautiful or in Mason Capwell from Santa Barbara?”, to which her response was “Mason. They do have a lot in common, but from what we see, Mason has a very caring side to him, and a terrific sense of humour. And that really gels with my character.”
Sushmita, on the contrary, was asked “What do you know about the textile heritage of your country and how long has it been around?” Her answer: “I think it all started with Mahatma Gandhi’s Khadi. It has gone a long way since then but the basics of Indian textile heritage has been from there.” Sushmita beat out Aishwarya by a mere 0.2 percent!