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Sushmita Sen recalls struggle with English during Miss Universe pageant: I was from Hindi medium school

Sushmita Sen has revealed that when she was asked a question at the Miss Universe stage back in 1994, she did not understand the meaning of the word 'essence'. She said that she was from a 'Hindi medium school' and that God helped her at that time. 

India TV Entertainment Desk Written by: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Published on: March 09, 2022 12:11 IST
Sushmita Sen actress

Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe title in 1994


  • Sushmita Sen won Miss Universe pageant in 1994
  • In a new interview, Sushmita Sen recalled not being great with the English language back in time
  • Sushmita recently featured in Disney+Hotstar series Aarya's season 2

Sushmita Sen made the country proud when she won the Miss Universe title back in 1994 for the first time. After the pageant victory, life changed for her. However, looking back at the time, Suhsmita recalled her struggle with the English language and how she braved her shortcomings to bring home the title. 

The Aarya actress said that she was asked the question, "What for you is the essence of being a woman?” in the final round of the Miss Universe pageant, to which she replied, "Just being a woman is a gift of God that all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is a mother, who is a woman. She shows a man what caring, sharing and loving is all about. That’s the essence of being a woman."

Sushmita said that she did not understand the meaning of the word 'essence' back then as she belonged to 'Hindi medium school'. This revelation came in an interview for her younger daughter Alisah's school magazine. She shared, "You know what I loved about that question and that answer as I've looked back at it for so many years is that they never asked what are the qualities of a woman or the attributes of a woman. They said, what is the essence of a woman?”

She continued, “And I was from a Hindi medium school, so I did not know that much English back in the day. I don't know how I understood what essence meant and answered that question with such clarity and such experience, even though I lacked it 18. I think God sat on my tongue and said, let this be said because this is how you will choose to live your life. I stated that being born a woman is a great gift of God. I stand by that. Nothing has changed on that front. To be born a woman is something. It’s a great gift of God and we must all appreciate it. This is true because life always deserves appreciation. A woman is not only the womb from which life comes, so she is not only born to be a mother, but she is also here to share and show the world what loving, caring and sharing is all about."

Last year, Suhsmita gained attention for her break up with model Rohman Shawl. Post that, she featured in the second season of Aarya.   

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