The first Indian woman to win the Miss Universe crown, the bold, beautiful and sassy Sushmita Sen celebrates her 39th birthday on Wednesday.
The Bollywood actress, despite her military background, chose to make a career in the Indian film industry after winning the crown.
She began her journey in Bollywood with her debut film "Dastak" (1996). The actress won awards for comedy-romantic film "Biwi No. 1" opposite Salman Khan in 1999.
Sen is known as one of the most glamorous and stylish women of India. She touched everyone's heart when she adopted two beautiful baby girls, Renee (2000) and Alisah (2010). The diva adopted her first child at the age of 25 and since then, she has been raising the two kids as a single mother.
The fashionista also became the organiser of a national beauty pageant "I AM She – Miss India Universe" in collaboration with Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. The beauty pageant that started in 2010, sends the winner to Miss Universe pageant.
Tall and beautiful Sushmita has become an inspiration and role model to many Indian women. Check out the above slideshow of Sen's unseen pictures that depict her journey.