Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, 43, of India was very happy to be part of a historic event in Bangladesh recently. She crowned the first ever Miss Universe Bangladesh Shirin Akter Shela.
Sen knows that joy of being a beauty queen making history very well. She is the first ever Miss India to win Miss Universe.
On October 23, 2019, Sen served as a judge in the Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019 coronation night at the Navrati Hall of the International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka. The other judges were singer Tahsan Khan, Persona managing director Kaniz Almas, Bangladesh Heritage Craft president Tootli Rahman, Pulse Health Care founder Rubaba Dowla, Green Delta Insurance managing director Farzanah Chowdhury, Flora Bank managing director Rafiul Islam, commentator and former cricketer Athar Ali Khan, former Miss Ventura County California and Johnson County USA Star Faruque and Dr. Zareen Delawar Hussain.
Rizwan Bin Farooq is the Miss Universe Bangladesh chairman. The Miss Universe 2019 coronation night will be held in South Korea on December 5, 2019, Prothomalo quoted him as saying.
From 12,000 applicants, the chosen candidates underwent a three-month bootcamp. On October 15, 2019, the Miss Universe Bangladesh crown was unveiled in a gala event held in the Amisheé Fine Jewelry store in Gulshan, Dhaka, Dhaka Tribune reported.
During the coronation night, it was Sen who crowned Shela as Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019. Alisha Islam and Jessia Islam were the respective first and second runners-up while Tamanna Ishrat Sohani, Maria Mumu, Sanowar Tayefa, Afla Arman, Irana Ishrat, Smriti Akter and Toshiba Anita Islam finished in the Top 10.
Hailing from Thakurgaon, Rājshāhi, Bangladesh, She currently lives in Dhaka. She represented Nilphamari, Rangpur Division in Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019.
Shela is a Physics student at the University of Dhaka. She previously won Face of Bangladesh 2019.
The first woman to represent Bangladesh in Miss Universe is a soldier’s daughter. She is expected to compete against more than 80 candidates from all over the world.
Catriona Gray, 25, of the Philippines is the reigning Miss Universe 2018. She is the fourth Miss Universe from her country and the 67th woman to hold the title.
It was in the Philippines where Sen was crowned Miss Universe 1994. Here is a clip she shared from the Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019 coronation night: