Indian beauty queen Sushmita Sen looked stunning in a black gown as she judged this year’s Miss Universe pageant in Manila. With her million-dollar smile and the fringed cape, Sush cut quite the striking picture.
The Bong beauty did India proud at the world stage of Miss Universe in 1994. Yes, it’s been almost 23 years; we can’t believe it either. And it was right there, in the Philippines, where she first wore the Miss Universe crown, so this was a homecoming of sorts for her
This year, for Miss World 2016, the actress, model and doting mother of two beautiful daughters joined the judges panel, and needless to say, floored everyone present!
Sushmita was introduced at Miss Universe as “Bollywood superstar, former Miss Universe and champion of women’s rights.” The panel of judges also included “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey, Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman and producer Francine LeFrak, as well as Miss Universes 2011 and 1993.
For her red-carpet appearance before the main event, Sush chose this black floor-length gown with a mid-thigh slit, and paired it with a sheer black shrug. Though Miss Sen can pull off just about anything, this black number made our hearts flutter a tiny bit more than the contestants’ gowns.
Before the D-Day (January 30), Sushmita walked the Miss World stage one last time, and evidently got a little nostalgic (for good reason). She took to social media to share the special moment with her fans:
She captioned the video as, “For you #India post our #judge briefing today, got all my co judges (very sporting bunch) up on the #missuniverse2016 stage in #Manila to celebrate the #platform that will change someone’s life forever!!! bringing #glory to their #country as they proudly represent it!!!”
For you #India ??❤ post our #judge briefing today, got all my co judges (very sporting bunch)?❤? up on the #missuniverse2016 stage in #Manila to celebrate the #platform that will change someone’s life forever!!! bringing #glory to their #country as they proudly represent it!!!???❤ my co judges walked n danced too???(videos to follow)? And I..walked this stage one last time with YOU in my heart!!!! I celebrate you…I always will!!! THANK YOU INDIA!!!❤️??❤??? #missuniverse1994 ❤️❤️❤️❤️
For the main event, Sushmita wore a dazzling gold-on-white outfit, making it genuinely difficult for us to take our eyes off of her.
France’s Iris Mittenaere went on to win the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.