Once a Miss World, always a Miss World! Aishwarya Rai was felicitated by the Miss World Organisation at the 64th edition of the international beauty pageant for her commitment to “beauty with a purpose” since winning the crown two decades ago. Dubbed the embodiment of beauty with purpose, Aishwarya is also seen as the most successful Miss World so far, a title that she won in 1994.
“I stand here overwhelmed by this honour. I thank Miss World Organization for such an incredible honour that I have received…” the actress said in her acceptance speech.
“To have the opportunity to hold the title, to wear the crown with pride… that was my one time to go out there and experience beauty with a purpose…,” said the actress, clad in a slinky gown. The 41-year-old Ash had her family for company on stage – mother Vrinda, husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan and three-year-old daughter Aaradhya all shared the limelight with her. Aishwarya is a regular at the prestigious Cannes film festival, and is poised to make her return to Hindi films with Sanjay Gupta’s film.
For those still interested in the Miss World pageant, Koyal Rana, India’s representative at the Miss World this year, made it to the top 10. Miss South Africa took home the crown.