The year 2000 was the golden year for India in beauty pageants. The three beauty queens who represented India in Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Asia Pacific brought the crown home, India. Lara Dutta was crowned Miss Universe 2000, Priyanka Chopra was crowned Miss World 2000 and Dia Mirza was crowned Miss Asia Pacific.
But it was Lara Dutta’s Miss Universe win which had left the world astounded. Lara Dutta had created history in the Miss Universe pageant where she scored 9.99 from almost all of her judges. Lara had achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and the finale interview score was also the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest.
Lara Dutta also holds the title of Miss Intercontinental 1997.