Sushmita Sen has inspired millions of women and young girls across the globe. From winning Miss India to becoming the first Indian to win the title of Miss Universe, Sushmita has shown the power of believing in your dreams.
With middle-class background, Sushmita showed the world that it doesn’t matter what challenges you face if you believe in yourself. You can turn your dreams into reality with determination.
Do you remember the iconic gown that she wore at Miss India? The story behind this beautiful gown is as beautiful and inspiring as the gown itself.
Recently a video surfaced, where Sushmita revealed how she was short on money but not on her passion. Revealing heart-touching details about her incredible journey of winning Miss India, she shared:
“We did not have so much money to afford designer gowns on stage – we were supposed to wear four different costumes. We are middle-class people and we knew our restrictions.
My mother said, ‘So what?
They are not going to look at your clothes, they are going to look at you.’ So we went to shop at Sarojini Nagar market (a flea market in Delhi). Downstairs, in the garage, there was a local tailor who made petticoats.
We gave him the material and told him, ‘This will come on TV, so do a good job.’ He made my winning gown out of that fabric, and my mother made a rose out of the remaining fabric,”
For her gloves, Sushmita revealed that they cut up socks, added some elastic:
“The day I won Miss India wearing that gown was a very big day for me. I realised that you don’t need money to get what you want; your intention should be right,”
Here’s her inspiring video that touched the hearts of many:
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Sushmita Sen and her immense confidence. Her confidence to lead a life on her own terms is the reason why many of us look upto her. Thanks, Sushmita for being a rebel that we all need!