Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Beauty Pageant Week: Lara Dutta

Don't miss previous posts on Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, and Priyanka Chopra.

Pageant Achievements: Lara Dutta

Gladrags Megamodel,* 1995

Young Lara was just 16 years old when she won this pageant!

And I believe that is a young Dino Morea (apparently he was runner up!!) who is her partner-in-winning there...

I love Lara’s round, round face! She looks so sweet!

Miss Intercontinental,** 1997

I couldn’t find much on this pageant - if anybody wants to pass on any links, please do!

Femina Miss India, 2000

Start about 1:30 for Lara’s crowning!

Lara Dutta beat out Dia Mirza and Priyanka Chopra to take home the big prize!

Miss Universe, 2000

Lara is widely regarded as having one of the best bikini bodies of all the Miss Universes.

Her ethnic costume comes courtesy a blog that doesn’t seem to exist anymore... but thanks!

The final question....

Host: “Right now there’s a protest going on right outside here calling the Miss Universe Pageant disrespectful to women. Convince them that they’re wrong.”

Lara: “I think pageants like the Miss Universe pageant gives us young women a platform to foray into the fields that we want to forge ahead - be it entreprenuership, be it the armed forces, be it politics. It gives us a platform to voice our choices and opinions and makes us the strong independent women that we are today.”

The crowning!

Welcome home, Miss Universe!!

That was quite a year for Indian Pageant Queens!

* Pictures from Gladrags thanks to Zarasben at the Missosology Forums! What an amazing find!!

** Miss Intercontinental is a German run pageant.


Banannie said...

That isn't Dino Morea. The guy looks familiar though.

Filmi Girl said...

@banannie Really? He won the same year she did... I just thought maybe it was a Piggy Chops 'facial change' thing...

Sal said...

The dude in the picture is Aseem Merchant, I'm pretty sure. He is actually PC's ex, funnily enough.

Filmi Girl said...

@Sal Thanks! I'm not to great remembering male models... lol! So many have that similar look.

Bombay Talkies said...

Oh Sinbad. Whatever happened to him anyways?

Archee ologist said...

Also, her answer in the question round was considered so good, that it was the highest ever score in any round of any Miss Universe contest.

Jess said...

Lara looks amazing in the many (at least US) pageant girls look way too thin. Lara looks amazing, and no rib cage sticking out or collar bones stickingout!

Lara also deserves an award for most fun rapidfire rounds on KWK.

Sal said...

@Jess: Agreed. I love Lara, actually. She seems like she'd be super-fun to hang out with, and she's got that mischievous wit.

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