Bollywood actress Lara Dutta is currently mentoring the candidates of Miss Diva.
From winning the Miss Universe crown in 2000 to paving her way in Bollywood and now mentoring aspiring models for international beauty contests, Lara Dutta Bhupathi feels that, in India, people recognise models only after they win a crown internationally.
Lara is currently mentoring the candidates of Miss Diva, the winner of which will represent India at the Miss Universe pageant. Citing the case of the reigning Miss World Manushi Chhillar, Lara told IANS: “Before her win, no one even knew anything about her. But when she won the title of Miss World 2017, everyone was like ‘Oh my God’, and started appreciating her.”
According to the model-turned-actress, it is very important for people to know the candidates who are representing their country as it takes tremendous hard work to reach that position.
Lara, who was the second Indian after Sushmita Sen to win the Miss Universe crown, says that “India has been waiting far too long to bring the title back home”.
“It has been 18 years since we have won the crown, now I want to pass on that crown to my successor. I was Miss Universe 2000, and since then, every year thousands of girls are undergoing a lot of pressure, hard work and training just to bring the title back. People should understand them and lend support to them,” said the 40-year-old actress, who has been a part of the glamour world for almost two decades.
“Today, women have more choices and have a bigger voice than earlier,” said Lara.
—Source: India TV News

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