Sushmita Sen to judge Miss Universe pageant in Manila

Twenty-three years after winning the Miss Universe title, actress Sushmita Sen will, once again be a part of the beauty pageant, this time in the capacity of a judge. The ‘Main Hoon Na’ actress confirmed that she is on the judges panel of the 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant, which will take place in Manila, Philippines on January 30.

It is special for Sushmita as she had been crowned India’s first Miss Universe in Manila itself, way back in 1994.

An “excited” and “emotional” Sushmita took to her Instagram page on Saturday and shared a photograph of her doing make-up. Alongside the picture, she posted, “Getting ready with a dancing heart!!!!! I am soooooooo excited, emotional and looking forward to returning home to the #Philippines after #23years. [sic].”

She added, “…It's where it all began #manila1994 #missuniverse1994 life comes a full circle, from winning Miss Universe, to having owned its Indian Franchise to now...returning back to #Manila this time as a #judge at the 65th Miss Universe pageant!!! to all my #filipino friends who have been graciously asking...I can now confirm...yesssssss!!!! I am coming!!! Mahal Kita Philippines see u sooooooon!!!!!”

The beauty pageant will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. Bangalore-based model Roshmitha Harimurthy will represent India at the contest.