1. Zeenat Aman
The sex siren of her time, Zeenat was crowned the Miss Asia Pacific in 1970. The screen-sizzler did many bold and hatke roles in films like Insaf Ka Tarazu, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Don.
2. Sangeeta Bijlani
Miss India 1980, Sangeeta has been a model and an actress. She married India cricket captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, in 1996; the duo separated in 2010.
3. Meenakshi Seshadri
The yesteryear beauty won the Miss India crown in 1981. Meenakshi has featured in a number of Bollywood movies like Hero, Damini, Ghatak and Ghayal.
4. Juhi Chawla
Before she forayed into films with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Juhi had bagged the Miss India 1984 crown. The bubbly actress, who went on to rule the roost during the 90s, is known for her chirpy and intense characters today.
5. Namrata Shirodkar
She won the Miss India pageant in 1993 before plunging into Hindi films with Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai in 1998. She was active in Bollywood only for a few years, and got married to the Tollywood actor, Mahesh Babu. The two have a son and a daughter.
6. Pooja Batra
Crowned Femina Miss India International in 1993, Pooja couldn’t really impress the audience much, and has films like Virasat and Haseena Maan Jayegi to her credit.
7. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
After winning the Miss World 1994 pageant, Aishwarya debuted in films and the industry was stormed, thanks to the diva’s sensational looks. Her filmography has always boasted of impressive roles and screen portrayals. The actress, after a five-year hiatus, returns to the silver screen with Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa.
8. Sushmita Sen
Sushmita stayed ahead of Aishwarya by taking home the first ever Miss Universe crown, in 1994. She truly made us proud with her big feat. Sush may not have been able to make a huge impact on us with her filmography, but she still inspires us in ways more than one.
9. Gul Panag
Gul won the Miss India title in 1999. The vibrant girl has acted in a bunch of Bollywood films, but success never came her way. Gul joined politics as the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chandigarh in the 2014 general elections.
10. Yukta Mookhey
Miss World 1999, Yukta is only remembered for her role in the 2002 flick, Pyaasa.
11. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka was crowned the Miss World 2000 before she made her way into films. Soon after she began her journey in Bollywood, PC started showing signs of a superstar in the making. Today, we know her as a multi-talented artiste, who can act like a pro, sing like a rockstar and is a style icon, thus inspiring us hugely.
12. Lara Dutta
Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000, Lara Dutta entered films in 2003. Married to ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi and a mother to a girl, the beauty has featured in a number of movies.
13. Diana Hayden
After being crowned Miss World 1997, Diana couldn’t enjoy a flourishing Bollywood career and left the industry after doing a couple of films.
14. Dia Mirza
Miss Asia Pacific International 2000, Dia Mirza has always been more of a flawless beauty than a great actress. And when she realized that acting wasn’t really her cup of tea, she plunged into film production along with her husband, Sahil Sangha.
15. Celina Jaitley
She won the Miss India 2001 title before debuting in Bollywood with Janasheen in 2003. Celina’s career graph fell short of boasting of a successful journey.
16. Neha Dhupia
The bombshell we know today was the winner of the Femina Miss India contest in 2002. Though she could never really become the A-list Bollywood actress, Neha has definitely stupefied us with some of her bold screen avatars.
17. Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree was crowned Miss India Universe in 2004. She has worked in just a handful of films, as she failed to strike a chord as a potential actress. She married an Indian actor, Vineet Raina, in 2009. But the marriage couldn’t last long and they divorced in 2012.
18. Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline is Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006. She debuted in Bollywood three years later with Aladin, which tanked at the box office. Her initial failures didn’t dishearten the glam babe, and that’s precisely why we are truly kick-ed with her presence in the industry today.
19. Sarah-Jane Dias
Sarah was graced with with the Miss India 2007 title. Though she has been a part of few Bollywood films, she is yet to make a mark here.
20. Pooja Chopra
Pooja lapped up the Miss India 2009 crown. She debuted in Hindi films with Commando in 2013, and is yet to make a mark to be remembered as an actress of great potential.
21. Nicole Faria
Miss India Earth 2010, Nicole opened her Bollywood account with Yaariyan in 2014.