Sushmita turned 43 on November 19. Here are a few little known vignettes from her life:
She was the first Indian to win the Miss Universe title.
The outfit she wore for the final round of the contest was not made by a designer. It was stitched by a local tailor.
She adopted her first child when she was only 25.
She is now a single mother with two adopted girls-Renee and Alisah.
She learnt English when she was 16.She studied in a Hindi-medium school.
She loves writing poems.