The Woman Who Inspires

Author : Ayushi Goyal

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”


Sushmita Sen is an Indian film actress, model and the winner of the Miss Universe pageant of 1994. She was the first Indian to win the crown. Sen won the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, held in Manila, Philippines representing India. At Miss Universe, Sen ranked third overall in the preliminaries. She went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, India to the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 onwards through her project, I Am She – Miss Universe India.

One of the questions asked to former Miss Universe was:
What is the essence of being a woman?

Sushmita’s Answer: “Just being a woman is God’s gift that all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is a mother, and is a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman.”
Her answer was genuine and touched the heart of the judges. One of those answers that is honest, short, and simple yet has depth to it… Wow!

She rose to stardom with the Tamil  musical Ratchagan opposite Nagarjuna. Later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in ‘Sirf Tum’ (1999) and the comic film ‘Biwi No.1’ (1999). The latter earned her the Filmfare Award for The Best Supporting Actress.

Sushmita at the judging of Pantaloons India contest 2009.


“The couples that are meant to be are the ones who go through everything that’s designed to tear them apart and come out even stronger.”


Sen was emphatic in saying “I am yet to find a man who is consistently funny. If there was a man who I found to be consistently funny, I would be married to him.”

The greatest achievement of all was her firm decision with respect to kids.  She had deep love for kids and therefore she decided to adopt a child at the age of 18. Her obsession towards kids was irresistible and therefore she decided to adopt a girl child. Sushmita Sen is an example to the Indian women of becoming a single parent through adoption. The decision of adopting a girl child was also a serious agenda and the news was all over the media but this Bengali Beauty readily took up this challenge and adopted a girl child.


“The good thing is that I’ve never made any “sacrifices” for my children. Because when you put sacrifice as an element, you tend to let the child feel the pressure of “I did this for you” – says Sushmita on her motherhood.

Miss Sen not only maintained her selfless love and care towards her daughters but also became a part in the league to spread this idea in the world.


I AM FOUNDATION, is a charitable organization headed by Sushmita Sen, the first Indian to bring home the Miss Universe title and currently a Bollywood actress. The only principle at I AM FOUNDATION is ‘giving’.  To aid this ‘giving’ and to create a better world, 5 renowned charity organizations (THE RESEARCH SOCIETY(JAI VAKEEL SCHOOL), CPAA – Cancer Patients Aid Association, TERI – The Energy and Resource Institute, BAL ASHA TRUST, ANI FOUNDATION) have joined hands with the I AM FOUNDATION.

She strongly believes that the disadvantaged need opportunities, not charity and their focus is to bring about a positive change in the lives of the most vulnerable people of the society. People may not realize it, but they are blessed. We all have a family that loves us, friends that care for us, we are physically able and have a beautiful home we call our own. That is so much more than the children who come from the NGO’s that I AM FOUNDATION supports can say – and that is the reason for I AM FOUNDATION to exist.

Miss Universe and an acclaimed actor, Sushmita Sen has always been at the forefront of several charitable endeavors that in some way ‘give backs’ to the society. To take this ‘giving’ a step further, she has launched the I AM FOUNDATION -an umbrella charity that has adopted various reputed charity organizations doing commendable work to make the world a better place.


When you think of Sushmita Sen, the first adage that comes to mind is ‘Bold and Beautiful’. This beauty with brains has never been a stereotypical Bollywood diva. Maybe that is why she did not taste the kind of success that some other former beauty pageant winners have enjoyed in Bollywood. Sushmita Sen can never be accused of being just a pretty face. She is much more than that, and she is the only Bollywood celebrity that I would ever look up to on how to live my life.

ü  She is an Inspiration

She is an inspiration not just to aspiring beauty pageant participants and actors but also to teens and young woman.

ü  She Exudes Raw Sensuality

Sushmita Sen exudes a sort of raw sensuality onscreen that is very feminine and bold but never vulgar. She is completely comfortable in her own skin and it shows. You can see that she is not one of those insecure celebrities who find the need to constantly look for reassurance about their beauty and talent.

ü  She Knows Her Mind

Very often, women are told what to do and how to live their lives. Societal pressure and cajoling from family often leads to women making life decisions based on what is expected of them. Sushmita has been steadfast and unwavering in this regard. She does what she does and the conservatives and conformists don’t stand a chance.

ü  She is Very Articulate

While most Bollywood celebrities strive to be overly diplomatic, Sushmita has always spoken her mind. She talks from her heart and says what she means and that is a very attractive quality in a person.

ü  She has Such a Strong Presence

When you’re sharing screen space with the larger-than-life badshah of Bollywood, chances are that you will get overshadowed. But in ‘Main Hoon Na’ Sushmita totally stole the show with her arresting presence. When you can manage to hold your own in a film with SRK, then you are definitely a force to be reckoned with.

ü  She Fought for Her Kids

Sushmita has adopted two girls till date and it has been a long wait and countless court visits to get there. The fact that she was single was definitely a point of concern and Sush had to fight her way through all that to finally get the legal approval for her daughter, Renee.

She is so down to earth, as she says –“I meet a lot of people during the day. Some of them I may never meet again. I might have had a very bad day emotionally, physically, socially or otherwise, but I make it a point that their last memory of me to be one that they don’t have to take the burden of remembering ‘Oh! Maybe she had a bad day!’ They need to remember me the way they envisioned me. That’s a hard task at times.”

Its our nation’s honor to have such a philanthropist with us..!!



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