Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- Here the reason why she is the most successful Miss World ever!

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a successful Indian actress, was awarded by the Miss World Organisation last weekend as the Most Successful Miss World ever.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a successful Indian actress, was awarded by the Miss World Organisation last weekend as the Most Successful Miss World ever.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a successful Indian actress, was awarded by the Miss World Organisation last weekend as the Most Successful Miss World ever.

Here’s a look at the journey of the actress who won the crown 20 years ago.

Miss World 2014- The 41-year-old former beauty queen was honoured on December 14 for her achievements and commitment to ‘beauty with a purpose’. “I stand here overwhelmed by this honour…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,” she said in her acceptance speech.

Cannes 2014- Earlier this year, she wowed the crowds in a golden fish tail strapless gown during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya is a regular celebrity at the film festival ever since her super-hit Bollywood movie Devdas was selected for a special screening in 2002.

Most Beautiful Women A survey conducted by Hollywood Buzz in 2014 listed her among the world’s most beautiful women. She topped the ranking of the most attractive woman by Hello magazine (in 2003), outdoing the likes of actresses Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow.

French honour- In 2012, the French government bestowed Aishwarya with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters – an honour in recognition of her contribution to the fields of arts and literature.

UN Goodwill Ambassador- She took charge as a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2012 to raise awareness about HIV and combat its spread in children. With this, she also became the first Indian in such a portfolio. Besides this, Aishwarya has been involved with numerous other humanitarian projects over the years like eye donation, PETA and supporting a cleft lip charity.

Brand ambassador- Aishwarya is the international brand ambassador of several beauty brands including L’Oreal Paris and Longinies. In April 2003, she became the first Indian actress to be signed by L’Oréal as a part of their dream team and their new global brand ambassador.

Most Desired Woman- In 2010, Aishwarya was ranked 63rd in the list of most desired women by Askmen.com.

Padma Shri- The superstar was bestowed with India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, in 2009, in recognition of her distinguished contribution to cinema.

Unofficial Indian ambassador -Aishwarya is the second Indian actress to feature on the cover of TIME Asia magazine. She was listed among the Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2004.

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