DUBAI: A person can spend a lifetime chasing answer but not Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen who was lucky enough to have found hers through her life experiences.
In 1994, young Sen was asked “What is the essence of being a woman?” To which she replied, “Just being a woman is God’s gift that all of us must appreciate. The origin of a child is a mother, and is a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman. ”
That answer would turn out to be her winning piece.

Sushmita Sen
Fast forward to today, a more mature Sen faces the press, saying it was only through 23 years that have passed she has truly learned the meaning of those very words.
“I have led an interesting life. I became a mom (single mother to two adopted girls) at 24. And if you remember, I had an answer to what the essence of being a woman was, but it’s in the last 23 years that I have learned what that answer means,” said Sen.
Filipinos first fell in love with Sen that even babies born on the same year was named after her.
It was just a month ago when Sen came back to the Philippines and was invited to judge Miss Universe 2016 where Ms France Iris Mittenaere was crowned.
During a press conference in Dubai to promote the property, Miraclz By Danube, on February 8, Sen said the Philippines holds a big part of her heart and was happy to have returned.
“Life came full circle when I went back to Philippines. It was like winning the crown and then paying it forward as a judge. In a way, I had a hand in changing someone’s life,” she said.

Sushmita Sen smiles 21 May 1994 after winning the 1994 Miss Universe crown in Manila.  Sen became the first Indian winner of the world's most prestigious beauty pageant.  The 18-year-old model from New Delhi will bring home over 150,000 USD in cash and prizes. AFP PHOTO / Romeo GACAD

Sushmita Sen smiles 21 May 1994 after winning the 1994 Miss Universe crown in Manila. Sen became the first Indian winner of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant. The 18-year-old model from New Delhi will bring home over 150,000 USD in cash and prizes. AFP PHOTO / Romeo GACAD

By Anne Lora Santos