There are many actresses in Bollywood today who made their entry after winning beauty pageants. Most have them have successfully attained their stardom. They are not just limited to Bollywood but have reached Hollywood as well. Let’s take a look at these wonderful, talented, intelligent and beautiful actresses.
Nutan: The greatest actress of yesteryears, Nutan was the first Miss India to enter Bollywood. She was crowned in 1952.
Zeenat Aman: The veteran actress was Miss Asia Pacific 1970 before she made her Bollywood entry.
Tina Munim: She was Femina Teen Princess India 1975. Tina Munim represented India at International Teen Princess 1975 and was crowned as the 2nd Runner Up.
Poonam Dhillon: She was crowned Femina Miss India 1977. Poonam is best known for her movie Noorie in 1979.
Sangeeta Bijlani: Sangeeta is Miss India 1980. Sha has acted in many movies including the hit Khoon Bhari Maang.
Meenakshi Seshadri: Not all of us are aware the ‘Hero’ actress was once crowned as Miss India 1981.
Juhi Chawla: The cute, bubbly actress Juhi Chawla is Miss India 1984. She won the best National Costume for India in the Miss Universe.
Namrata Shirodkar: She was crowned Miss India 1993. She represented India in both Miss Universe 1993 and Miss International 1993.
Sushmita Sen: She is the 1st Indian to win the title of Miss Universe. She was crowned Miss Universe 1994 in Manila, Philippines.
Aishwarya Rai: Revered as the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya participated in Femina Miss India 1994, where she finished as the runner-up and earned herself the right to represent India in Miss World 1994. She was crowned Miss World in Sun City, South Africa and since then, she has acted in many Bollywood movies.
Gul Panag: Gul was Miss India 1999. She participated in Miss Universe 1999.
Lara Dutta: She is the second and the last Indian to win Miss Universe. She has acted in many movies and is now married to tennis star Mahesh Bhupati. Prior to her marriage, the Miss Universe 2000 also served as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Priyanka Chopra: Her success today is over bounded; however, she was on Cloud Nine when she was crowned as Miss World 2000 in London’s Millennium Dome.
Dia Mirza: India actually created a record in 2000, when India won all the major international beauty pageants. She was crowned Miss Asia Pacific 2000.
Neha Dhupia: She was crowned as Miss India 2002 and represented India in Miss Universe 2002 held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Gauhar Khan: She represented India in Miss International 2003.
Jacqueline Fernandez: Today’s famed actress, Jacqueline Fernandez is Miss Sri Lanka and represented her country in Miss Universe 2006.
Urvashi Rautela: The fresh face of Bollywood, Urvashi Rautela has won many beauty pageants. She won Miss Tourism International 2011 and was also crowned Miss India twice. She couldn’t represent India in Miss Universe 2013 as she was underage and later went to participate in Miss Universe 2015.