World's Most Beautiful Woman: Aishwarya Rai

CBS Correspondent Bob Simon reports the woman who currently holds the title of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, at least according to thousands of Web sites, Internet polls is Aishwarya Rai.

She is a popular Indian Bollywood actress living and working in Bombay, India. The reigning queen of Indian cinema, and also a classically trained dancer, Aishwarya Rai has starred in 24 films over the last seven years. Bollywood, India’s film industry is famous for churning out more movies a year than Hollywood. The svelte beauty first shot to fame after appearing in a Pepsi commercialwith Aamir Khan in India. Her most popular role was in Devdas with Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan.

She was crowned Miss India first runner-up (1994) and then crowned Miss World in 1994-95 in the international beauty paegent. She was a second year student of architecture and a professional model when she came to represent India on an international beauty paegent along with 86 other young girls from countries all over the world.

In 2003 she became the first Indian actress to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya was voted the most attractive woman of 2003 by Hello magazine readers. The green-eyed beauty took some 33 per cent of the vote, despite a strong challenge from British newcomer Keira Knightley, who was in second with 31 per cent. The editors of TIME Magazine included Aishwarya Rai in the list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2004. She endorses for L’Oreal, Coca-Cola and DeBeers diamonds. Check out one of her sites.

Aishwarya even has a look alike named Sneha Ullal who is a new Bollywood actress. Sneha Ullal must feel great to be a lookalike of the most beautiful woman on earth, Aishwarya Rai!

Update 1/6/05 - Angelina Jolie has taken over as the most beautiful women in a recently published list. Aishwarya Rai has slipped to 9th rank.
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