Very few dare to live their lives on their own terms. It is never easy, perhaps even harder for a woman to chart out her own path and succeed, to not let the world dictate terms and to survive every hardship, with panache. Sushmita Sen is an embodiment of how to live life like a boss.

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From conquering universe as a teenager to adopting two girls, while being single, her decisions in life only prove one point, that everything you do must make sense to you alone. Never fear, only keep faith.

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Here are a few instances when Sushmita Sen proved to be more than just inspirational, and badass, even before it became trendy to casually refer to powerful women as that.ย 

From being a nobody and competing against the best and winning at that, Sushmita pretty much set the bar really high, at a very young age.

Too much has been written and said about the supposed rivalry between Aishwarya and Sushmita during their pageant days. Rumour has it that many girls withdrew their application once they knew Aishwarya was competing, but not Miss Sen. She not only competed against the front-runner but won.

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For Miss Universe, this simple girl from Kolkata chose a dress from Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi, and not the famous couturiers. The underlying message for each of us in this victory is how anything can be achieved if one puts their mind to it. She owned her unconventional beauty tag and won hearts.

She defied convention, adopted two girls when she was single and only 25 years old. Did you say a woman's life is meaningless without marriage?ย 

After much fight, Sushmita Sen opened her heart and home to Renee. And soon after, to another beautiful girl, Alisha. Sushmita is a proud mother of two girls, and if you need a lesson in parenting, you just need to take a peek at her Instagram videos and through them into her life, to know that she is raising two very intelligent and strong women. And no, she doesn't need a man to complete her.ย 

She writes poetry. Well, she basically weaves magic with her words.ย 

An artist, finds inspiration in the most mundane. It comes as no surprise that Miss Sen can write, and write well. Not just a talented actress or a doting mother, Sushmita Sen is quite the Wordsworth.ย 

Just like her life, her speeches are equally inspiring.ย 

Sushmita recently gave a very powerful speech at her daughter Renee's school annual day function. And like always she had many pearls of wisdom to share with the young ones, inspiring them to live a life of courage.ย 

She celebrates herself. The rock she flaunts on her finger, is not a gift from a man but her gift to herself.

This goddess reminds us to be us. And to celebrate who we are. ย She recently gifted herself a huge diamond ring, because why not? A reminder that you can put a ring on it, whenever. Take time out to celebrate you, because you are special.

Well she's basically so awesome, that parents name their kids after her.ย 

Like these Filipino women who were named after Sushmita Sen, after she was crowned Miss Universe in Manila. When Sushmita went back to judge the same contest, at the same place, she was exhilarated to know that a few contestants actually shared her name.ย 

Never the one to be bogged down by life's challenges, Sushmita celebrates herself every day.ย 

I was 18 yrs old when #India won #MissUniverse for the very first time on 21st May 1994....I am 42 now, still a โ€˜Missโ€™ with a โ€˜Universeโ€™ inside of me!!!!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’‹ nothing has changed except the yearโ€™sโ€™๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ Thank you guys for the letters, cards & gifts ..but mostly for โ€˜Re-memberingโ€™ the #Universe is lovingly #abundant & so what we give out, we get more of!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ #positivity #happiness #kindness #love #empathy ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ I celebrate with you #India & #philippines (my second home) ๐Ÿ˜ #24years #missuniverse1994 hereโ€™s looking at you!!! I love you guys!!!! Mmmuuuaah!!!!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‹โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽต

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She is a constant reminder that when life expects you to sit it out, you must choose to dance.

#frameofmind โค๏ธthere is a song I love by #leeannwomack ๐ŸŽต"when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance" ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜€these moments (be it around my #friends or my #babies ) are a wonderful reminder that each time a situation suggested to "SIT IT OUT"...WE CHOSE TO DANCE๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰ moving to our own beat #anytime #anywhere #anyhow ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿปโค๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽตAlisah with breaded hair owns her moves๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„#toocute Renee saunters down the beach celebrating life with #maa โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป#memories #cherished #happiness #sharing ๐Ÿ˜„โค๏ธI love you guys!!! #ihopeyoudance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป#edsheeran #shapeofyou ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

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Sushmita Sen, loving life!