Read the Miss Universe 2000 show review.
Dutta won the annual Gladrags modeling competition in her native India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian representative at the 1997 Miss Intercontinental, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe.
At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, she achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. After her final question, in which she delivered a defense of the Miss Universe contest (and other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe. Dutta’s win led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
Lara about being Miss Universe:
“What a journey this has been! A year filled with emotions, learning, friendship and growth. from meeting presidents to working with children with AIDS This experience has changed my entire perspective on life. So many people have given me so much strength Inspiration and gift of dreams answered. I thank everyone at the Miss Universe Organization, The Face-to-Face Campaign and the United Nations as well as the… AIDS Institute for supporting my work with HIV/AIDS. Thank you to Suzie, Jake and Kristen for being my angels and Terry and Linda for being my friends, philosophers and guides. To my country and It’s people for their warmth and love. To my parents, you are my Inspiration and I love you. I stood with faith in my Maker a year ago, I stand with him now and thank Him for His blessing as I pass along a wonderful gift to a new Miss Universe.”
|1995||Gladrags Mega Model
|2000||Femina Miss India (Universe)
|2000||Best In National Costume Award (Miss Universe)||1st Runner Up|
|2000|| Miss Universe