There are a few Bollywood actresses who actually won beauty pageants before they made it big in Bollywood:
1) Zeenat Aman
Very few people know that the bold and beautiful Zeenat Aman is also the winner of Miss India Asia Pacific. She made her debut with ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, in which her performance was highly appreciated.
2) Meenakshi Sheshadri
3) Juhi Chawla
4) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won the Miss World title in the year 1994 and till date, she is considered to be one of the beautiful women in the world. She made her Bollywood debut with ‘Aur Pyar Ho Gaya’ in 1997 opposite Bobby Deol. The film was a critical failure but Aishwarya proved herself as an actress in the 1999 Sanjay Leela Bhansali film ‘Hum dil Chuke Sanam’ opposite Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai’s ‘Taal’ opposite Akshaye Khanna. She won the Filmfare award for Best Actress for the former.
5) Sushmita Sen
After being crowned Miss Universe in the year 1994, Sushmita Sen starred in ‘Dastak’ in the year 1996, but the role that got her into the limelight was that of Rupali in the David Dhawan film ‘Biwi No.1’ opposite Salman Khan in 1999. She also won the Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actress for this film.
6) Priyanka Chopra Jonas
This beauty queen who got married to American songwriter Nick Jonas recently, bagged the Miss World title in the year 2000 and she has made a mark her herself, not just in Bollywood, but in Hollywood as well.
7) Lara Dutta Bhupathi
8) Dia Mirza
This Diva of Bollywood won the Miss Asia Pacific title in the year 2000 and made her debut in 2001 in the movie ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’ opposite R. Madhavan. The movie was a great success and she appeared in several other films after this.
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