There was a time during the 90s and up to the mid-years of the new millennium when India lorded it over a majority of international beauty pageants around the world. Name it and the mere presence of the Indian candidate was enough to strike a major feeling of threat among the contenders. In Miss Universe alone, their golden years spanned from 1990-2007 when two of their own captured the crown with several others either making it as runners-up or placing well in the rankings.
But that was then. Of late, their MU representatives were not as fortunate to create an impact strong enough to sustain an excellent record in the annual beauty derby. When MU1994 Sushmita Sen started I AM SHE back in 2010, pageant followers were optimistic that she can restore the glory of Indian women in Donald Trump’s game. However, Ushoshi Sengupta and Vasuki Sunkavali failed to deliver as well.
Here comes Urvashi Rautela for Miss Universe 2012. Will she be the answer to what India has been looking for in the past decade? Or will she go the same route of her two predecessors who came and went without leaving a mark abroad?
What say you, dear readers? 😉