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ImageShe was tipped to win the Miss India crown in 1994.

In fact, the organisers had been trying to persuade her to participate the previous year and the year before.

On hearing the news of her participation, several models backed out of the contest.

Then Sushmita Sen won.

But life didn't turn out so badly for Aishwarya Rai either.

After a slightly bumpy ride in Bollywood, she not only got a foothold in the business but also went on to become the highest paid actresses in the business.

Two decades after shooting into the limelight, Ash continues to remain the face of top international cosmetic brands and a much-sought-after brand ambassador.

Not bad for someone who hasn't had a single release in the last four-odd years eh?

Image: Aishwarya Rai
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